double standard (n.)
in reference to morality and ethics, "rule, principle, or judgment viewed as applying more strictly to one set of people or circumstance than another," 1871; see double (adj.) + standard (n.). Not common before mid-20c. (especially of codes of sexual behavior for women more strict than those for men); earlier it referred to monetary policy and bimetallism (1823).
updated on October 03, 2018