double standard

(noun) Formal and informal mores, norms, and rules that apply differently to different people and are often gendered.

Example: 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.

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  • Plural: double standards

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How to Cite the Definition of Double Standard

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “double standard.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 18, 2018 (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 December 18, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/double-standard/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“double standard.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 18 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/double-standard/>.