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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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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
    1,307
    205

    To Be Obedient

  • 2
    1,612
    316

    To Be Submissive/Suggestive

  • 3
    1,728
    347

    To Never Question Him or His Actions

  • 4
    1,805
    435

    To Not Be Outspoken

  • 5
    1,718
    432

    To "Act Like a Lady"

  • 6
    1,720
    434

    To Clean the House

  • 7
    1,657
    371

    To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

  • 8
    1,490
    387

    To Always Smile

  • 9
    76
    7

    To Enjoy Arts and Crafts

  • 10
    1,212
    199

    To Be Super Skinny

  • 11
    1,187
    299

    To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

  • 12
    96
    10

    To Like Children

  • 13
    882
    151

    To Always Look Appealing

  • 14
    1,736
    488

    To Not Have Body Hair

  • 15
    1,700
    337

    To Be Dumber Than Her Man

  • 16
    1,290
    344

    To Be Soft Spoken

  • 17
    1,377
    401

    To Give Up Career for Kids

  • 18
    336
    59

    To "Stay Calm"

  • 19
    1,194
    339

    To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

  • 20
    777
    156

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

  • 21
    332
    60

    To Not Go for Professions that are Dominated by Men

  • 22
    1,350
    396

    To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

  • 23
    1,309
    402

    To Wear Makeup

  • 24
    311
    57

    To Be Happy ALL the time

  • 25
    1,293
    400

    To Cook

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