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.

In the 1900s, women's suffrage made a lot of progress in America. But we still hear phrases like "bread winner" and see advertisements of women Febrezing their living rooms wearing khaki pants and Keds while probably waiting for the iron to get hot and the cookies to finish baking in the oven. So, if you've ever been walking down the street and had a stranger say, "Girl, why you so serious? Smile!" you're aware of the fact that society has some super strange and entirely impractical expectations of the female gender.

Some gender roles and gender expectations are unavoidable - there are biological differences and restrictions that create a definitive line between the male and female species. But over time, women's roles as nurturers, mothers, and wives has evolved from being the equivalent of a strong protector of her family to someone that's expected to be demure, obedient (to relationships, societal expectations, careers), and altogether dependent on the male species. And you don't need to go burning your bra to agree that most of the female expectations on this list are total bullsh*t.

Some of the most demeaning expectations of women listed here pertain to physical appearance: women should wear makeup, they should always be freshly shaven, the ones who dress provocatively will get more attention, etc. etc. (because for some reason the world thinks it's their job to tell females what they should look like). And then there are some equally as outrageous role expectations like jealousy, incapability to fix things, assumption of our hobbies and interests. 

If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations that are proven wrong time and time again, you'll want to read through these ridiculous expectations of women. Feeling heated after reading through the list? Good! Debunk these expectations by joining the conversation about it in the comments section below. Vote up the expectations that fire you up the most! 
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600 231
To Not Be Outspoken

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709 234
To Not Have Body Hair

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387 86
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

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619 219
To "Act Like a Lady"

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355 78
BEENTHERE added Never Question Him or His Actions

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599 228
To Clean the House

7
510 225
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

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501 233
To Wear Makeup

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508 222
To Always Smile

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519 242
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

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495 213
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed.

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569 238
To Rear Children

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505 227
To Cook

14
258 77
BEENTHERE added Be Wantingly Submissive and Suggestive

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466 214
To Be Soft Spoken

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490 237
To Give Up Career for Kids

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516 226
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

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484 214
To Always Be Polite

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479 224
To Do Laundry

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436 261
To Wear Heels

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221 82
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helplessly and Easily Scared

22
382 218
To Be Uneducated About Politics

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398 217
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

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442 237
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

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428 231
To Get Married

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415 246
To Wear Bras

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377 243
To Be Jealous of Other Women

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416 264
To Be Monogamous

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328 212
To Be High-Maintenance

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312 198
To Be Gullible

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331 222
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

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302 231
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

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67 13
Ms.green added To be super skinny

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241 214
To Not Like Watching Sports

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249 226
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

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238 216
To Not Be Athletic

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55 13
Ms.green added To be obedient

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33 4
Theresa Navel added That if you are more (fill in the blank) you are a threat to other females

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25 7
Nisansala Perera added To always submit to traditions, though men are free to choose or let go, whatever the religion or culture

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91 98
To Not Have Vocal Fry

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4 0
Jean O'Boyle added To love cats

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4 0
Jean O'Boyle added To worship Oprah

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4 0
Jean O'Boyle added To not enjoy eating anything

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4 0
Jean O'Boyle added To not like math or science

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3 0
Jean O'Boyle added To wear pantyhose

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3 0
Jean O'Boyle added To love reality shows

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3 0
Jean O'Boyle added To never do anything alone - i.e. eating out in public, traveling, walking

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3 0
Jean O'Boyle added To always squeal over babies

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3 1
Jean O'Boyle added To live for chocolate

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2 0
Jean O'Boyle added To not be funny