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The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women

List RulesUpvote 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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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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    1,802
    435

    To Not Be Outspoken

  • 2
    1,711
    431

    To "Act Like a Lady"

  • 3
    1,726
    347
    BEENTHERE added

    To Never Question Him or His Actions

  • 4
    1,717
    433

    To Clean the House

  • 5
    1,610
    316
    CarolynJ added

    To Be Submissive/Suggestive

  • 6
    1,301
    205

    To Be Obedient

  • 7
    1,492
    386

    To Always Smile

  • 8
    1,661
    370

    To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

  • 9
    1,735
    483

    To Not Have Body Hair

  • 10
    1,186
    298
    Maryellen Elizabeth added

    To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

  • 11
    1,379
    397

    To Give Up Career for Kids

  • 12
    1,284
    344

    To Be Soft Spoken

  • 13
    1,206
    197

    To Be Super Skinny

  • 14
    1,350
    395

    To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

  • 15
    1,191
    341

    To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

  • 16
    1,706
    337
    Maryellen Elizabeth added

    To Be Dumber Than Her Man

  • 17
    1,308
    401

    To Wear Makeup

  • 18
    1,295
    396

    To Cook

  • 19
    875
    151
    hailie added

    To Always Look Appealing

  • 20
    1,340
    423

    To Rear Children

  • 21
    768
    157
    Jean O'Boyle added

    To Never Do Anything Alone (Walking, Traveling, Eating in Public, etc.)

  • 22
    1,143
    353

    To Do Laundry

  • 23
    1,044
    319

    To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

  • 24
    1,107
    355

    To Get Married

  • 25
    690
    165
    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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List Rules: Upvote the ingrained expectations of women that you're plain sick of.