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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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
1,317 440
To Not Be Outspoken

2
978 237
CarolynJ added To Be Submissive/Suggestive

3
1,120 278
BEENTHERE added To Never Question Him or His Actions

4
1,156 271
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

5
1,207 379
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

6
694 138
Ms.green added To Be Obedient

7
1,269 417
To Clean the House

8
1,289 414
To "Act Like a Lady"

9
1,396 451
To Not Have Body Hair

10
1,101 396
To Always Smile

11
1,090 395
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed

12
764 252
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

13
664 131
Ms.green added To Be Super Skinny

14
1,046 410
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

15
1,007 397
To Give Up Career for Kids

16
987 361
To Be Soft Spoken

17
1,007 407
To Wear Makeup

18
997 402
To Cook

19
1,071 427
To Rear Children

20
839 370
To Be Uneducated About Politics

21
911 364
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

22
881 417
To Wear Heels

23
429 87
hailie added To Always Look Appealing

24
821 329
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

25
918 369
To Do Laundry

26
925 372
To Always Be Polite

27
836 368
To Be Jealous of Other Women

28
920 381
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

29
837 375
To Get Married

30
753 332
To Be High-Maintenance

31
729 303
To Be Gullible

32
384 108
Theresa Navel added To Feel That If You Are More (Fill In The Blank) You Are a Threat to Other Females

33
365 99
Jean O'Boyle added To Never Do Anything Alone (Walking, Traveling, Eating in Public, etc.)

34
782 403
To Wear Bras

35
694 343
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

36
355 111
Nisansala Perera added To Always Submit To Traditions (Religious, Cultural, etc.)

37
329 106
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Enjoy Eating Anything

38
303 116
Jean O'Boyle added To Dislike Math Or Science

39
587 364
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

40
286 112
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Be Funny

41
671 430
To Be Monogamous

42
247 109
KiritSingh added To not be interested in cars

43
527 341
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

44
285 127
Jean O'Boyle added To Always Squeal Over Babies

45
506 342
To Not Be Athletic

46
483 355
To Not Like Watching Sports

47
251 118
Jean O'Boyle added To Love Reality Shows

48
251 130
Jean O'Boyle added To Worship Oprah

49
229 121
Jean O'Boyle added To Wear Pantyhose

50
213 128
Jean O'Boyle added To Live For Chocolate