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The Most Demeaning Expectations of Women

Updated November 4, 2019 69.1k votes 4.4k voters 67.5k views58 items

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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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
    1,785
    440

    To Not Be Outspoken

  • 2
    1,700
    432

    To "Act Like a Lady"

  • 3
    1,711
    348

    To Never Question Him or His Actions

  • 4
    1,702
    437

    To Clean the House

  • 5
    1,594
    319

    To Be Submissive/Suggestive

  • 6
    1,280
    202

    To Be Obedient

  • 7
    1,478
    388

    To Always Smile

  • 8
    1,644
    371

    To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

  • 9
    1,725
    483

    To Not Have Body Hair

  • 10
    1,175
    298

    To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

  • 11
    1,367
    398

    To Give Up Career for Kids

  • 12
    1,275
    342

    To Be Soft Spoken

  • 13
    1,348
    388

    To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

  • 14
    1,190
    196

    To Be Super Skinny

  • 15
    1,181
    341

    To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

  • 16
    1,703
    337

    To Be Dumber Than Her Man

  • 17
    1,309
    401

    To Wear Makeup

  • 18
    1,288
    397

    To Cook

  • 19
    862
    149

    To Always Look Appealing

  • 20
    1,336
    417

    To Rear Children

  • 21
    754
    157

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

  • 22
    1,142
    353

    To Do Laundry

  • 23
    1,102
    357

    To Get Married

  • 24
    1,039
    320

    To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

  • 25
    683
    162

    To Feel That If You Are More (Fill In The Blank) You Are a Threat to Other Females

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