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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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
1,138 387
To Not Be Outspoken

2
942 228
BEENTHERE added To Never Question Him or His Actions

3
956 218
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

4
790 184
CarolynJ added To Be Submissive/Suggestive

5
1,038 339
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

6
1,130 360
To "Act Like a Lady"

7
1,105 364
To Clean the House

8
1,233 407
To Not Have Body Hair

9
526 105
Ms.green added To Be Obedient

10
966 352
To Always Smile

11
951 343
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed

12
507 93
Ms.green added To Be Super Skinny

13
632 210
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

14
870 321
To Be Soft Spoken

Famous Men Who Married Much Younger Women

15
923 370
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

16
893 364
To Wear Makeup

17
890 361
To Cook

18
878 360
To Give Up Career for Kids

19
954 387
To Rear Children

20
792 377
To Wear Heels

21
807 333
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

All of the Types of Hot Women, Ranked

22
737 337
To Be Uneducated About Politics

23
832 338
To Do Laundry

24
844 345
To Always Be Polite

25
837 349
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

26
724 311
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

27
745 337
To Be Jealous of Other Women

28
319 67
hailie added To Always Look Appealing

Why Women Who Are Only Friends With Guys Are The Worst

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753 345
To Get Married

30
645 280
To Be Gullible

31
660 309
To Be High-Maintenance

32
312 83
Theresa Navel added To Feel That If You Are More (Fill In The Blank) You Are a Threat to Other Females

33
707 372
To Wear Bras

34
629 313
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

35
275 79
Jean O'Boyle added To Never Do Anything Alone (Walking, Traveling, Eating in Public, etc.)

How to Get a Girl to Like You

36
282 87
Nisansala Perera added To Always Submit To Traditions (Religious, Cultural, etc.)

37
262 79
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Enjoy Eating Anything

38
632 393
To Be Monogamous

39
235 90
Jean O'Boyle added To Dislike Math Or Science

40
529 339
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

41
217 89
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Be Funny

42
467 319
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

This Old Hollywood Siren Refused To Change Her Sexual Preferences For Anyone

43
221 96
Jean O'Boyle added To Always Squeal Over Babies

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181 80
KiritSingh added To not be interested in cars

45
445 312
To Not Be Athletic

46
432 325
To Not Like Watching Sports

47
199 90
Jean O'Boyle added To Love Reality Shows

48
199 95
Jean O'Boyle added To Worship Oprah

49
183 92
Jean O'Boyle added To Wear Pantyhose

50
174 96
Jean O'Boyle added To Live For Chocolate