double standard


Definition of double standard

2 : a set of principles that applies differently and usually more rigorously to one group of people or circumstances than to another especially : a code of morals that applies more severe standards of sexual behavior to women than to men

Examples of double standard in a Sentence

She argued that society applies a double standard in dealing with women who commit adultery.

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Other politicians who violate the ‘keep it in the ground’ standard are fair game, which is why others see their silence on Brown as a double standard. William Lajeunesse, Fox News, "California Gov. Jerry Brown a 'hypocrite' when it comes to oil drilling, critics say," 13 Sep. 2018 Bernie Sanders seems to feel those double standards can just be overlooked, even when sexism has clearly manifested in his own campaign. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bernie Sanders' Sexism Problem," 27 Feb. 2019 Others, however, pointed out that the backlash to Ocasio-Cortez dancing shows a powerful double standard between the way women, specifically women of color, and white men are treated. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "People Love Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Even More After Dance Video Meant to Shame Her," 3 Jan. 2019 But the alleged beneficiary of a racial double standard in conduct is also a victim. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: School Discipline," 21 Dec. 2018 Lively responded that there exists a double standard in fashion between men and women. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Blake Lively Likes Her Suits, Doesn't Understand the Fuss Over Them," 19 Sep. 2018 And then there’s the cultural double standard: where men are celebrated for their idiosyncrasies and women are sidelined for the same. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Parker Posey’s Excellent New Memoir Is an Ode to Eccentricity," 26 July 2018 That just shows you the difference and the double standard that existed back then and still does today. Fox News, "Ingraham: The rush to judgment and injustice for Kavanaugh," 18 Sep. 2018 Social media users were quick to call out the double standard in Cornet's situation. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "French Tennis Player Alize Cornet Was Penalized for Fixing Her Shirt on the Court at the 2018 U.S. Open," 29 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of double standard

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of double standard

: a situation in which two people, groups, etc., are treated very differently from each other in a way that is unfair to one of them

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