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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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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765 163
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

2
750 171
BEENTHERE added To Never Question Him or His Actions

3
968 332
To Not Be Outspoken

4
599 139
CarolynJ added To Be Submissive/Suggestive

5
967 300
To "Act Like a Lady"

6
944 307
To Clean the House

7
870 289
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

8
1,066 354
To Not Have Body Hair

9
364 62
Ms.green added To Be Obedient

10
808 294
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed

11
814 302
To Always Smile

12
491 156
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

13
796 321
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

14
739 276
To Be Soft Spoken

The Best Places to Meet Women

15
765 313
To Wear Makeup

16
841 334
To Rear Children

17
767 312
To Cook

18
753 307
To Give Up Career for Kids

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345 59
Ms.green added To Be Super Skinny

20
736 290
To Always Be Polite

21
721 290
To Do Laundry

Black Panther Movie Quotes

22
739 303
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

23
618 284
To Be Uneducated About Politics

24
671 332
To Wear Heels

25
681 292
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

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611 277
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

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624 298
To Be Jealous of Other Women

28
642 307
To Get Married

The Biggest Turnoffs For Women On Tinder

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553 267
To Be High-Maintenance

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201 36
hailie added To Always Look Appealing

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618 320
To Wear Bras

32
529 246
To Be Gullible

33
215 49
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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534 275
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

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183 47
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Enjoy Eating Anything

The Most Nostalgia-Inducing '90s Toys

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183 48
Jean O'Boyle added To Never Do Anything Alone (Walking, Traveling, Eating in Public, etc.)

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196 57
Nisansala Perera added To Always Submit To Traditions (Religious, Cultural, etc.)

38
463 297
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

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561 357
To Be Monogamous

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157 57
Jean O'Boyle added To Dislike Math Or Science

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146 50
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Be Funny

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153 58
Jean O'Boyle added To Always Squeal Over Babies

All of the Types of Hot Women, Ranked

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396 282
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

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383 272
To Not Be Athletic

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371 284
To Not Like Watching Sports

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111 41
KiritSingh added To not be interested in cars

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132 54
Jean O'Boyle added To Worship Oprah

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133 56
Jean O'Boyle added To Love Reality Shows

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129 56
Jean O'Boyle added To Wear Pantyhose

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124 56
Jean O'Boyle added To Live For Chocolate