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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USA TODAY Sports New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins sees a double standard from President Trump for canceling a White House visit by the Philadelphia Eagles, but welcoming celebrities such as Kim Kardashian. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump meets with Kim Kardashian, but not Eagles? Jets' LB blasts double standard," 5 June 2018 The media have a serious double standard about both (1) and (2).4. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Samantha Bee picked the worst moment to insult Ivanka Trump.," 1 June 2018 But due to emotions, double standards & feelings science is cancelled this year. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Roseanne Barr Back on Twitter, Blames Ambien for Racist Tweet as Show Yanked From Syndication," 30 May 2018 But the statement did not quell criticism from conservatives, who sensed a double standard and called for the network to fire Bee or cancel her show, as ABC had canceled Barr’s. Stephanie Ebbert,, "Why the c-word is still the third rail of profanity," 1 June 2018 Commentators on the right were swift to suggest a double standard among television networks. Nash Jenkins, Time, "Trump's Press Secretary Says Samantha Bee's Comment About Ivanka Trump Was 'Disgusting'," 31 May 2018 However, one thing that hasn’t changed is her belief that there is a double standard for women in the music business. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Kacey Musgraves Talks 'Giant Impression' of Psychedelics & 'Horses---' Double Standards for Women," 29 Mar. 2018 During a roundtable conversation at the event last year, Stewart railed against the double standards men and women are held to at the festival. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kristen Stewart, Icon, Took Off Her Heels, Walked the Cannes Red Carpet Barefoot," 14 May 2018 Ross Douthat, a popular conservative Catholic writer, tweeted that fellow conservative Christians weren’t confessing their own double standard. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "The story behind potential Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s little-known Catholic group, People of Praise," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of double standard

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of double standard was in 1884

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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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