Same Level - Different Standards

by ksira1 on November 4, 2013 - 11:37pm

Same Level – Different Standards


            We’re all humans; we have brains, bodies, souls, and emotions. No one has super powers or anything that’s extremely different from everyone else; which means that no person is technically better than another. If this is to be true, then why is there such a double standard between men and women when it comes to “hooking up”? A sexual double standard exists when “men are evaluated more positively or less negatively than women who have similar sexual histories” (Jonason and Marks, 2009, p. 357). Why does this happen? Women that have had multiple sexual partners are viewed very negatively by their own peers, where as if a man had the same amount of sexual partners he would not experience the same amount of negativity. A study was conducted online—The Online College Social Life Survey (OCSLS), to see who exactly is affected by this “double standard” and from whom it actually comes from. The results for this study were that more women than men hold the sexual double standard against women for having multiple sexual partners.

            For my sociology class we reference this book called The Critical Thinking Guide written by Richard Paul & Linda Elder. One element from this book that fits the article comes from page 16; Three Kinds of Questions. This article, in my opinion, fits the third question that you would ask. To be able to answer this question you need to determine if the question has a definitive answer or not, if it calls for a subjective choice, or requires you to consider competing points of view. For this type of question it required evidence and reasoning within multiple systems, which leads to better and worse answers, and then judgment afterwards. For this type of experiment you need to have multiple people’s opinion and have multiple different answers. You may not agree with all the answers you receive but all types of answers are needed to get the basic point of your question across. Since you won’t agree with everyone’s answers and it’s not likely that they will agree with everyone else’s either, this is where judgment comes in. Women and men have very different answers and therefore will judge each other because they don’t agree on the same thing.








Jonason and Marks, 2009

P.K. Jonason, M.J. Marks

Common vs. uncommon sexual acts: Evidence for the sexual double standard

Sex Roles, 60 (5–6) (2009), pp. 357–365


Paul Richard, Linda Elder, Critical Thinking Concepts & Tools. Sixth Edition, 2009, page 16.


Rachel Allison, Barbara J. Risman, A double standard for “Hooking Up”: How far have we come toward gender equality?, Social Science Research, Volume 42, Issue 5, September 2013, Pages 1191-1206, ISSN 0049-089X,




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