Antedating of "Double Standard"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Sep 11 02:44:39 UTC 2013

double standard (OED 1951)

1884 _American Law Journal_ 1: 339 (HeinOnline)  There can not exist a healthy state of society where there is a double standard of morals -- one standard for the husband, and another, and quite different standard, for the wife. ... Making it a serious thing for a husband to trifle with his connubial duties, which it always should be, is likely to be far-reaching in French society, and cannot fail to bear good fruit.

Fred Shapiro

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