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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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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674 248
To Not Be Outspoken

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2
420 89
BEENTHERE added To Never Question Him or His Actions

3
456 101
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

4
780 256
To Not Have Body Hair

5
682 233
To "Act Like a Lady"

6
663 241
To Clean the House

7
573 237
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

8
307 86
CarolynJ added To Be Submissive/Suggestive

9
620 253
To Rear Children

10
561 224
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed

11
566 236
To Always Smile

12
552 243
To Cook

13
551 248
To Wear Makeup

14
573 257
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

15
540 249
To Give Up Career for Kids

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514 224
To Be Soft Spoken

17
562 236
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

18
270 95
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

19
531 228
To Always Be Polite

20
521 235
To Do Laundry

21
480 275
To Wear Heels

22
424 229
To Be Uneducated About Politics

23
473 243
To Get Married

24
479 249
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

25
436 231
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

26
457 258
To Wear Bras

27
425 254
To Be Jealous of Other Women

28
103 19
Ms.green added To Be Obedient

29
371 223
To Be High-Maintenance

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30
448 282
To Be Monogamous

31
353 210
To Be Gullible

32
370 231
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

33
114 23
Ms.green added To Be Super Skinny

34
330 248
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

35
265 227
To Not Like Watching Sports

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66 14
Theresa Navel added To Feel That If You Are More (Fill In The Blank) You Are a Threat to Other Females

37
62 14
Nisansala Perera added To Always Submit To Traditions (Religious, Cultural, etc.)

38
266 230
To Not Be Athletic

39
276 241
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

40
32 5
hailie added To Always Look Appealing

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39 11
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Enjoy Eating Anything

42
39 11
Jean O'Boyle added To Never Do Anything Alone (Walking, Traveling, Eating in Public, etc.)

43
37 10
Jean O'Boyle added To Always Squeal Over Babies

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33 11
Jean O'Boyle added To Dislike Math Or Science

45
28 10
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Be Funny

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106 112
To Not Have Vocal Fry

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28 11
Jean O'Boyle added To Worship Oprah

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24 11
Jean O'Boyle added To Wear Pantyhose

49
21 12
Jean O'Boyle added To Love Reality Shows

50
21 13
Jean O'Boyle added To Love Cats