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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
double standard
▪ Society has a double standard when it comes to teen sex: it is seen as natural for boys but forbidden for girls.
▪ And at the other extreme, the success of social purity never silenced the defenders of the double standard.
▪ Jemmat's frank protest against a double standard is certainly unusual.
▪ Medical men, as well as the military and defenders of the double standard, were strong proponents of the Acts.
▪ That double standard was the underbelly of every easy laugh stand-up comedians got when they did hooker jokes.
▪ This kind of governmental double standard towards minorities survived until the passing of the Race Relations Act in 1965.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
double standard

double standard \dou"ble stan"dard\, n. a standard or set of principles governing conduct, which is applied more stringently or differently to one group of people than to another; -- used especially of standards of sexual behavior that condemn behavior on the part of women that is condoned or not condemned when exhibited by men.

double standard

n. 1 The situation of two or more groups, one of whom is tacitly excused from following a standard generally regarded as applying to all groups. 2 A double standard of monetary values, i.e. a gold standard and a silver standard, both of which are legal tender.

double standard

n. an ethical or moral code that applies more strictly to one group than to another

Double standard

A double standard is the application of different sets of principles for similar situations.

A double standard may take the form of an instance in which certain concepts (often, for example, a word, phrase, social norm, or rule) are perceived as acceptable to be applied by one group of people, but are considered unacceptable— taboo—when applied by another group. A double standard can therefore be described as a biased or morally unfair application of the principle that all are equal in their freedoms. Such double standards are seen as unjustified because they violate a basic maxim of modern legal jurisprudence: that all parties should stand equal before the law. Double standards also violate the principle of justice known as impartiality, which is based on the assumption that the same standards should be applied to all people, without regard to subjective bias or favoritism based on social class, rank, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, or other distinctions. A double standard violates this principle by holding different people accountable according to different standards.