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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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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1,259 419
To Not Be Outspoken

2
916 215
CarolynJ added To Be Submissive/Suggestive

3
1,089 249
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

4
1,060 258
BEENTHERE added To Never Question Him or His Actions

5
1,150 364
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

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639 122
Ms.green added To Be Obedient

7
1,216 395
To Clean the House

8
1,230 396
To "Act Like a Lady"

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1,341 438
To Not Have Body Hair

10
1,054 380
To Always Smile

11
1,045 374
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed

12
611 119
Ms.green added To Be Super Skinny

13
723 236
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

14
950 345
To Be Soft Spoken

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1,004 395
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

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966 390
To Wear Makeup

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957 384
To Give Up Career for Kids

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959 389
To Cook

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1,029 415
To Rear Children

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800 355
To Be Uneducated About Politics

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872 353
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

The Worst Things Men Say to Women on Their Period

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387 78
hailie added To Always Look Appealing

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852 403
To Wear Heels

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891 354
To Do Laundry

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782 321
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

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895 361
To Always Be Polite

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803 353
To Be Jealous of Other Women

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888 368
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

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807 366
To Get Married

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719 323
To Be High-Maintenance

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699 293
To Be Gullible

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358 100
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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327 92
Jean O'Boyle added To Never Do Anything Alone (Walking, Traveling, Eating in Public, etc.)

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758 388
To Wear Bras

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325 100
Nisansala Perera added To Always Submit To Traditions (Religious, Cultural, etc.)

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670 332
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

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302 97
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Enjoy Eating Anything

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277 107
Jean O'Boyle added To Dislike Math Or Science

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571 352
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

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261 102
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Be Funny

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655 418
To Be Monogamous

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222 98
KiritSingh added To not be interested in cars

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504 333
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

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261 117
Jean O'Boyle added To Always Squeal Over Babies

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481 332
To Not Be Athletic

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231 108
Jean O'Boyle added To Love Reality Shows

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464 346
To Not Like Watching Sports

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231 117
Jean O'Boyle added To Worship Oprah

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212 111
Jean O'Boyle added To Wear Pantyhose

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199 116
Jean O'Boyle added To Live For Chocolate