Double standard


Within society many pejorative terms are used to determine certain actions in order not to maintain a technicality , for example ” culiao “ in Chile refers to fearful or fearful people. On the other hand, when a person is called a ” hypocrite “, he is usually mistakenly associated with people who maintain a double standard .

What is double standards?

The double standard is presented as a linguistic system which manages to adapt to a conglomerate of principles which act in various similar situations . In short, it is a behavior which exists within some people and not others, in turn, it is not always known who really owns it.

  • Definition
  • Source
  • Characteristics of people with double standards
  • Double standards in organizations
  • Double standards in politics
  • Causes
  • Consequences
  • Phrases
  • Examples


Double standards are defined as a criterion which is applied when an individual or a representative of an organism or institution , is accused of maintaining an ambiguity within certain treatments a group of people or also a set of circumstances . The associated set of words is found at the root of a Roman phrase called ” QuodlicetIovi, non licetbovi “  which translates to ” If Jupiter could do it, so can I. “



It is believed that the origin of double standard discourses dates back to antiquity during the time of the kings and rulers of Rome and Greece where laws were established where various areas of the nation such as commerce were ” improved ” but due to their part was rejected with other amendments. It should be noted that during these times the laws were proclaimed through speeches.

Characteristics of people with double standards

Among the characteristics that make up a person with double standards are 9 outstanding aspects which are:

  • Belief or way of life adapted to it: it  is translated as personal conceptions which, instead of studying or testing them, are directly questioned with contradictions.
  • Emotional  attachments : it is born by the actions that a person takes due to the attachment that he has to another and ends up justifying the actions of another despite his mistakes.
  • Try to avoid future social prejudices: it  is understood as a way to safeguard yourself against the comments that society faces.
  • It tends to deceive itself: it  happens most of all in people with strong mental disorders who contradict themselves with their actions and words.
  • Seeks to justify their actions: it  is the most common way to see contradictions and it is when they seek to justify their actions through them.
  • Strong performance of his selective memory: it  is a really involuntary aspect where a person may not remember something he did and so he ends up associating it with another.
  • According to their race: races are the most likely to fall into a double standard speech when judging other races.
  • Selfishness that governs them: it  is the simplest of the characteristics where a politician is always positioned better than all others.
  • Personal selfishness: this is summarized in people who simply have a double standard discourse for believing themselves better than others.

Double standards in organizations

When speaking of double standards within organizations, it refers to both NGOs and commercial organizations. More than everything focused on the latter where concepts are shown where they seek to support the proletariat , but on the other hand it is rejected under certain amendments and rules of the same.

Double standards in politics

Within the police, when speaking of double standards, it refers directly to an instrument of pressure used through public media such as journalistic or television media. This is intrinsically linked to the actions of a given moment, for example, if at one point it begins with full support, this can end in condemnation.


In general, the main cause of double standards is to cover an action to an action with another or also to find a way to justify it. They are usually quite contradictory and a correct analysis is needed to understand what it is really trying to refer or imply.


People who maintain double standard discourses are generally quite rejected within society since it is often considered that they do not have a complete understanding of the reality of life. For their part, politicians like John F. Kennedy who had speeches and phrases of this style were branded as people to whom in some cases they did not understand the depth of what they were really saying.


Among the most famous and illustrious phrases regarding double standards are:

  • “I don’t like hearing you speak of all women as fine ladies, rather than rational creatures. None of us wants to be in calm waters our whole life. ” Jane Austen .
  • “Killing is forbidden; therefore, all murderers are punished unless they kill in great numbers and with the sound of trumpets ”.  John Voltaire .
  • “As long as she thinks like a man, no one objects to the thought of a woman . ” Virginia Woolf .
  • “We cannot negotiate with people who say what is mine is mine and what is yours is negotiable . ” John F. Kennedy
  • “For the powerful, crimes are what others commit.” Noam Chomsky .
  • “Perhaps there is no phenomenon that contains as much destructive sentiment as” moral outrage “, which allows envy or hatred to act under the guise of virtue . ” Erich Fromm.
  • “If a man is very sexual he is virile, if a woman is, she is a nympho. With them it is power, but with us it is a disease. Even the sexual act is called penetration. Why don’t they call it enclosure? ” Gemma Hatchback.
  • “The woman is the most fragile vessel, or even more offensive, the woman is a divine creature … a woman is an ordinary human being as much as a man, with the same individual preferences, and with the same right to the tastes and preferences of an individual .  . Dorothy L. Sayers
  • “All of them are innocent until proven otherwise. But not me. I am a liar until my innocence is proven . ” Louise o’neill
  • “Wherever there is a great man, there is a great mother or a great wife behind him, or so he used to say. It would be interesting to know how many great women have had great fathers and husbands behind them . ” Dorothy L. Sayers.
  •  “The” barbarian “of one person is that of another person because he is” doing what everyone else is doing . ” Susan Sontag.
  • “A beast will always enjoy the party in a land full of sheep and wolves doing the least hard work . ” Anuj Somany


Among the most palpable, relevant and controversial examples of double standards are:

  • The speeches of politicians, especially during the times of candidacy when press conferences and public presentations are held.
  • The speeches that are given within the companies for the workers where topics such as collective hiring, discussions about salaries and benefits are discussed.
  • The speeches given by artists and actors when they are interviewed about their works, personal life or some controversial aspect within them.

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