Girl Talk: Double Standards

Posted: March 19, 2013 by ERCPCP Blogger in Girl Talk, Uncategorized, Youth Programs

Girlish Gab on Double Standards by D. McCrae (Sasha Bruce P.O.W.E.R Program)

double standards1According to the dictionary, double standards can be defined as a rule or principle that is unfairly applied in different ways to different people or groups. When it comes to double standards, females are kept from making healthy decisions when it comes to sex. For example, a male can carry condoms around in his wallet or pocket but if a female were to carry condoms on her, she is seen as “easy” or promiscuous. However, this is not true, females should want to keep themselves protected from HIV, STIs, and unplanned pregnancy. Males can talk about sex but if a female does, she is considered to be a “hoe”, when there is a possibility that she has never had sex. These double standards are why females are talked down on and why males are praised. Parents also have double standards when it comes to both girls and boys. Girls are told to wait until marriage but boys are given condoms and are told to be safe. Today, people should have the choice to have sex before marriage and everyone should always keep themselves safe from anything that will harm them and responsibilities they aren’t ready for. Double standards are very annoying and should be challenged when they come up. Ladies should be able to carry condoms and not be viewed as “easy” and promiscuous, but viewed as smart and wanting to protect themselves.

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Disclaimer:  The opinions expressed in this post are those of the guest contributor and not those of ERCPCP.

  1. Anonymous says:

    “…a rule or principle that is unfairly applied in different ways to different people or groups”.

    Looks like you cribbed this definition straight from the Oxford dictionary ( or from a source that cited it.

    Based on this definition, what makes the examples you gave objectively unfair? On this definition, unless you have an objective ontological foundation for values, the examples you gave cannot be proven to be objectively unfair. Since humans are subjective agents, the examples you gave are subject to personal opinion.

    It would’ve been better to have presented the definition of “double standard” from the Collins Compact Dictionary, because the examples you gave can be proven to match this definition, but not necessarily the definition from the Oxford Dictionary.

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