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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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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1,079 249
CarolynJ added To Be Submissive/Suggestive

2
1,399 462
To Not Be Outspoken

3
1,213 291
BEENTHERE added To Never Question Him or His Actions

4
1,246 291
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

5
782 149
Ms.green added To Be Obedient

6
1,287 397
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

7
1,361 428
To Clean the House

8
1,377 427
To "Act Like a Lady"

9
1,476 464
To Not Have Body Hair

10
738 140
Ms.green added To Be Super Skinny

11
1,169 407
To Always Smile

12
1,156 406
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed

13
827 265
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

14
1,110 417
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

15
1,045 371
To Be Soft Spoken

16
1,073 410
To Give Up Career for Kids

17
1,065 409
To Cook

18
1,072 418
To Wear Makeup

19
1,139 434
To Rear Children

20
490 93
hailie added To Always Look Appealing

21
962 372
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

22
888 382
To Be Uneducated About Politics

23
930 429
To Wear Heels

24
975 374
To Do Laundry

25
863 338
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs