Definition of Double Standard
(noun) Formal and informal mores, norms, and rules that apply differently to different people and are often gendered.
Example of Double Standard
- A man having sex with multiple partners is seen as a “stud”, whereas a woman who has sex with multiple partners seen as a “slut”. This is referred to as the sexual double standard.
Double Standard Pronunciation
Syllabification: dou·ble stan·dard
- American English – /dUHb-uhl stAn-duhrd/
- British English – /dUHbl stAn-duhd/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ˈdʌbəl ˈstændərd/
- British English – /ˈdʌbl ˈstændəd/
- Plural: double standards
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Cite the Definition of Double Standard
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “double standard.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 25, 2023 (https://sociologydictionary.org/double-standard/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
double standard. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/double-standard/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “double standard.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed March 25, 2023. https://sociologydictionary.org/double-standard/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“double standard.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 25 Mar. 2023. <https://sociologydictionary.org/double-standard/>.