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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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

list ordered by

1
1,315 438
To Not Be Outspoken

2
976 235
CarolynJ added To Be Submissive/Suggestive

3
1,155 268
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

4
1,119 276
BEENTHERE added To Never Question Him or His Actions

5
1,205 378
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

6
692 137
Ms.green added To Be Obedient

7
1,266 416
To Clean the House

8
1,285 414
To "Act Like a Lady"

9
1,393 451
To Not Have Body Hair

10
1,100 394
To Always Smile

11
1,090 393
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed

12
764 250
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

13
664 129
Ms.green added To Be Super Skinny

14
1,044 409
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

15
986 360
To Be Soft Spoken

16
1,005 397
To Give Up Career for Kids

17
1,006 405
To Wear Makeup

18
996 401
To Cook

19
1,069 426
To Rear Children

20
839 368
To Be Uneducated About Politics

21
910 362
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

22
881 415
To Wear Heels

23
820 327
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

24
426 87
hailie added To Always Look Appealing

25
917 368
To Do Laundry

26
924 371
To Always Be Polite

27
836 366
To Be Jealous of Other Women

28
918 380
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

29
836 374
To Get Married

30
752 331
To Be High-Maintenance

31
729 301
To Be Gullible

32
383 107
Theresa Navel added To Feel That If You Are More (Fill In The Blank) You Are a Threat to Other Females

33
364 98
Jean O'Boyle added To Never Do Anything Alone (Walking, Traveling, Eating in Public, etc.)

34
781 402
To Wear Bras

35
354 110
Nisansala Perera added To Always Submit To Traditions (Religious, Cultural, etc.)

36
693 342
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

37
329 104
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Enjoy Eating Anything

38
303 114
Jean O'Boyle added To Dislike Math Or Science

39
587 362
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

40
286 110
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Be Funny

41
527 339
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

42
670 429
To Be Monogamous

43
246 108
KiritSingh added To not be interested in cars

44
284 126
Jean O'Boyle added To Always Squeal Over Babies

45
505 341
To Not Be Athletic

46
482 354
To Not Like Watching Sports

47
250 117
Jean O'Boyle added To Love Reality Shows

48
250 129
Jean O'Boyle added To Worship Oprah

49
228 120
Jean O'Boyle added To Wear Pantyhose

50
212 127
Jean O'Boyle added To Live For Chocolate