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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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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1,256 419
To Not Be Outspoken

2
913 215
CarolynJ added To Be Submissive/Suggestive

3
1,084 249
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

4
1,055 258
BEENTHERE added To Never Question Him or His Actions

5
1,145 363
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

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635 121
Ms.green added To Be Obedient

7
1,211 395
To Clean the House

8
1,227 395
To "Act Like a Lady"

9
1,338 438
To Not Have Body Hair

10
1,050 379
To Always Smile

11
608 118
Ms.green added To Be Super Skinny

12
1,042 373
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed

13
721 235
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

14
947 345
To Be Soft Spoken

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1,000 395
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

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963 389
To Wear Makeup

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953 384
To Give Up Career for Kids

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957 389
To Cook

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1,026 415
To Rear Children

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871 352
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

21
798 354
To Be Uneducated About Politics

The Worst Things Men Say to Women on Their Period

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852 402
To Wear Heels

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386 78
hailie added To Always Look Appealing

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889 354
To Do Laundry

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780 320
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

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893 361
To Always Be Polite

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887 367
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

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801 353
To Be Jealous of Other Women

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803 366
To Get Married

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718 322
To Be High-Maintenance

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697 293
To Be Gullible

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358 99
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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325 92
Jean O'Boyle added To Never Do Anything Alone (Walking, Traveling, Eating in Public, etc.)

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756 388
To Wear Bras

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670 331
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

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322 100
Nisansala Perera added To Always Submit To Traditions (Religious, Cultural, etc.)

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301 96
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Enjoy Eating Anything

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275 106
Jean O'Boyle added To Dislike Math Or Science

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570 351
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

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261 101
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Be Funny

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654 417
To Be Monogamous

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221 97
KiritSingh added To not be interested in cars

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503 332
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

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260 116
Jean O'Boyle added To Always Squeal Over Babies

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481 331
To Not Be Athletic

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230 107
Jean O'Boyle added To Love Reality Shows

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464 345
To Not Like Watching Sports

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230 115
Jean O'Boyle added To Worship Oprah

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212 110
Jean O'Boyle added To Wear Pantyhose

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197 116
Jean O'Boyle added To Live For Chocolate