The Sexual Double Standard

The sexual double standard is the most obvious prejudice between the sexes.

When it comes to our appreciation of sexual pleasure and frequency, there is a great divide.

As sexual beings we must desire sex to continue our species.

Males and females are needed to create offspring. Without opposites participating, the yin and yang of sexual relationships, as it were, there can be no creation. So, in that sense, both sexes must pursue sex as a natural biological necessity.

Rather than admit our need as equals, societies cast a negative connotation on the woman’s desire and a positive spin on the male’s need.

This double standard reeks of male-dominated control. This dominant position, created by religion, conspires to convince society that women are secondary to men.

These prejudices would have us believe that men are supposed to like sex and women are supposed to pretend they don’t.

If, in deed, she enjoys sex to be fulfilled and satisfied, she is not viewed as the virile catch.

Rather, because of this insipid double standard, her appreciation of sex is actually a mark against her character.

Insults such as slut, whore, bitch, etc., are bandied about towards any woman who has taken charge of her sex life (and left an undesirable behind).

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This particular attitude has manifested over the centuries. It stems from religious texts.

Then, like now, men wanted to control the female sex drive, as well as ownership of their bodies and they did so via their interpretation of God’s will.

By deeming woman’s needs and passions, without check, as carnal, her desire for sex had to be limited or it would lead to her soul’s degradation.

Consider, if you will, the source of this interpretation--men who had relinquished their sexuality.


By writing sex off as an evil necessity, they became the self-appointed conscience of our sexuality. Their celibacy had to have influenced their interpretation of our sexual needs.

Dare I say, their interpretation was as extreme as their personal life-choice.



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