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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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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
    1,795
    435

    To Not Be Outspoken

  • 2
    1,705
    429

    To "Act Like a Lady"

  • 3
    1,721
    344

    To Never Question Him or His Actions

  • 4
    1,712
    432

    To Clean the House

  • 5
    1,605
    315

    To Be Submissive/Suggestive

  • 6
    1,298
    203

    To Be Obedient

  • 7
    1,482
    387

    To Always Smile

  • 8
    1,650
    371

    To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

  • 9
    1,726
    485

    To Not Have Body Hair

  • 10
    1,182
    299

    To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

  • 11
    1,369
    401

    To Give Up Career for Kids

  • 12
    1,280
    344

    To Be Soft Spoken

  • 13
    1,187
    339

    To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

  • 14
    1,202
    199

    To Be Super Skinny

  • 15
    1,691
    335

    To Be Dumber Than Her Man

  • 16
    1,345
    395

    To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

  • 17
    1,299
    401

    To Wear Makeup

  • 18
    1,283
    398

    To Cook

  • 19
    874
    151

    To Always Look Appealing

  • 20
    1,330
    421

    To Rear Children

  • 21
    769
    156

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

  • 22
    1,135
    355

    To Do Laundry

  • 23
    1,038
    319

    To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

  • 24
    1,098
    354

    To Get Married

  • 25
    689
    164

    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.