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If you're ready to stick your middle finger up to these lazy and outdated expectations, read through this list.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

list ordered by

1
1,303 433
To Not Be Outspoken

2
1,145 260
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Dumber Than Her Man

3
1,108 269
BEENTHERE added To Never Question Him or His Actions

4
963 233
CarolynJ added To Be Submissive/Suggestive

5
1,195 374
To Be Less Successful Than Men in Their Professional Field

6
684 133
Ms.green added To Be Obedient

7
1,257 411
To Clean the House

8
1,276 411
To "Act Like a Lady"

9
1,384 445
To Not Have Body Hair

10
1,092 391
To Always Smile

11
1,084 387
kelly-wescott added To Act Like a Porn Star in Bed

12
756 248
Maryellen Elizabeth added To Be Helpless and Easily Scared

13
655 128
Ms.green added To Be Super Skinny

14
1,035 408
To Wear Sexy and Form-Fitting Clothing

15
997 393
To Give Up Career for Kids

16
1,001 400
To Wear Makeup

17
979 358
To Be Soft Spoken

18
990 397
To Cook

19
1,063 424
To Rear Children

20
831 365
To Be Uneducated About Politics

21
877 411
To Wear Heels

22
903 360
To Be Helpless About Mechanical Repairs

23
422 85
hailie added To Always Look Appealing

24
814 326
To Not Work Manual Labor Jobs

25
914 363
To Do Laundry

26
831 363
To Be Jealous of Other Women

27
919 370
To Always Be Polite

28
914 378
To Always Smell Sweet and Clean

29
831 373
To Get Married

30
748 330
To Be High-Maintenance

31
726 299
To Be Gullible

32
381 105
Theresa Navel added To Feel That If You Are More (Fill In The Blank) You Are a Threat to Other Females

33
360 96
Jean O'Boyle added To Never Do Anything Alone (Walking, Traveling, Eating in Public, etc.)

34
777 401
To Wear Bras

35
690 340
To Get Emotionally Attached Quickly

36
349 108
Nisansala Perera added To Always Submit To Traditions (Religious, Cultural, etc.)

37
326 103
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Enjoy Eating Anything

38
301 113
Jean O'Boyle added To Dislike Math Or Science

39
586 361
To Not Know How to Drive a Stick Shift

40
284 109
Jean O'Boyle added To Not Be Funny

41
525 338
To Order Only Clear Liquor and Salads from Restaurants

42
245 107
KiritSingh added To not be interested in cars

43
669 429
To Be Monogamous

44
504 339
To Not Be Athletic

45
280 126
Jean O'Boyle added To Always Squeal Over Babies

46
480 353
To Not Like Watching Sports

47
248 116
Jean O'Boyle added To Love Reality Shows

48
248 126
Jean O'Boyle added To Worship Oprah

49
227 119
Jean O'Boyle added To Wear Pantyhose

50
212 125
Jean O'Boyle added To Live For Chocolate