Thought Provoking The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women  

Lauren Slocum
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List Rules Upvote the ingrained expectations of women that you're plain sick of.

Make no mistake - expectations of women have changed, for the better, in recent history. Opportunities once unavailable to our grandmothers, or even our mothers, are now accessible to women everywhere. Deep seated sentiments that girls and boys are inherently different are fading fast. Then why do we still see advertisements of pristinely dressed women Febrezing their living rooms while waiting for the iron to get hot and the cookies to finish baking in the oven? Sure, Liz Lemon is a more realistic manifestation of female experience than Carol Brady. However, there remain many subtle and not-so-subtle ways society places unreasonable expectations on women. Whether it's walking down the street and having a stranger ask you to smile or having a romantic partner chastise you for not shaving your legs, women still experience sexism on the daily. Society has some super strange - and entirely impractical - expectations of the female gender.

Some absurd presumptions about female behavior pertain to physical appearance. Women should wear makeup, always be freshly shaven, and dress in clean, fashionable clothing. Other societal assumptions relate to a woman's behavior and personality. Women are expected to be jealous of other women, submissive to men's desires, and always smiling and cheery. Even women's hobbies and interests are sometimes nitpicked - females cannot be interested in stick shifts, mechanics, sports, or raunchy comedy! 

If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list. Vote up the expectations that fire you up the most! 

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1,289 426
To Not Be Outspoken

2
1,132 252
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

3
950 226
CarolynJ added To Be Submissive/Suggestive

4
1,094 264
BEENTHERE added To Never Question Him or His Actions

5
1,183 369
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

6
672 125
Ms.green added To Be Obedient

7
1,245 403
To Clean the House

8
1,262 404
To "Act Like a Lady"

9
1,367 442
To Not Have Body Hair

10
1,082 385
To Always Smile

11
748 239
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

12
1,070 382
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed

13
644 121
Ms.green added To Be Super Skinny

14
1,024 402
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

15
969 352
To Be Soft Spoken

16
991 395
To Wear Makeup

17
986 388
To Give Up Career for Kids

18
980 394
To Cook

19
1,052 420
To Rear Children

20
823 359
To Be Uneducated About Politics

21
868 408
To Wear Heels

22
891 358
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

23
804 325
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

24
410 82
hailie added To Always Look Appealing

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908 359
To Do Laundry

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824 359
To Be Jealous of Other Women

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912 365
To Always Be Polite

28
907 374
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

29
822 373
To Get Married

30
741 327
To Be High-Maintenance

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720 296
To Be Gullible

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373 103
Theresa Navel added To Feel That If You Are More (Fill In The Blank) You Are a Threat to Other Females

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351 96
Jean O'Boyle added To Never Do Anything Alone (Walking, Traveling, Eating in Public, etc.)

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772 395
To Wear Bras

35
684 336
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

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342 103
Nisansala Perera added To Always Submit To Traditions (Religious, Cultural, etc.)

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319 100
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Enjoy Eating Anything

38
295 111
Jean O'Boyle added To Dislike Math Or Science

39
579 359
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

40
278 106
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Be Funny

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663 425
To Be Monogamous

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519 336
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

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239 104
KiritSingh added To not be interested in cars

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498 336
To Not Be Athletic

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273 125
Jean O'Boyle added To Always Squeal Over Babies

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474 351
To Not Like Watching Sports

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243 113
Jean O'Boyle added To Love Reality Shows

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244 122
Jean O'Boyle added To Worship Oprah

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221 118
Jean O'Boyle added To Wear Pantyhose

50
210 121
Jean O'Boyle added To Live For Chocolate