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.

Recent Examples on the Web

China’s attitude toward Islam is a gobsmacking double standard. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "China Oppresses Muslims at Home, Countenances Terror Abroad," 21 Mar. 2019 And, at the very same time, a mighty, pervasive and corrosive double standard belies the Klobuchar stories. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Women Will Never Truly Be Equal Until They're Allowed to Get Angry," 13 Feb. 2019 The double standard of old may be less relevant this cycle. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "The Odd Way We Announce for President Now," 17 Jan. 2019 Shaming a woman for choosing to work in a particular industry while representing a man who openly patronizes that same industry is to many, a sexist double standard. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Giuliani’s double standard when it comes to President Trump, Stormy Daniels and the porn industry," 7 June 2018 Ward, who was refused the code minutes earlier, then confronts a Starbucks manager about the apparent double standard. CBS News, "Starbucks in L.A. accused of racism after bathroom incident caught on video," 17 Apr. 2018 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

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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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