I did a search on Double Standard, and didn’t find anything recent on this specific topic. Forgive me if this has been beaten to death.
In this thread, Wranglerette touches upon a subject that is of interest to me by defending the Bible’s stance (more specifically, the Old Testament) on sexual behavior, which seemed to be that a woman had to be a virgin when she came into marriage, but that a man could have multiple wives, and sleep with women outside marriage.
I had just been discussing something similar with a young woman, a senior in high school, who is my daughter’s friend. She is generally quite liberal in her thinking, but last night I heard her call a television actress a whore because of things she had heard about this person’s personal life. I brought up the stance that there is the slut word usually applied to women, and the closest equivalent word applied to men is stud.
What I’m hoping to discuss and debate here is to what extent this double standard still exists, and if anyone can actually come up with a good defense for it, it being this: that men should be allowed more sexual freedom than women, and women should be denigrated for sleeping around, and men should not.