Sexual Double Standard

The notion that boys and men should have a lot of sexual desire for women whereas girls and women should not have strong sexual desire of their own. Boys’/men’s sexual pursuits are encouraged (i.e. they are applauded for promiscuity) and girls/women must be gatekeepers against their supposedly uncontrollable sexuality; they bear the onus of denying men’s sexual advances. Girls/women are at risk of being called a “slut,” or one of any number of derogatory names for girls and women who evidence and act on their sexual desires.

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