Date: Wed, 16 Jul 1997 11:22:32 -0400 From: "Matt D." <afn02065-AT-afn.org> Subject: M-FEM: The double standard. Malgosia wrote, >I think that the morality >of the so-called "double standard" -- men are allowed to fuck around while >to women this is prohibited -- has a long history and co-exists with the >morality that says that nobody is allowed to fuck around. The evolution and current status of the "double standard" is a very interesting question indeed. In our own time, it would seem that it is being challenged by some very powerful images on the level of mass culture (the most obvious example would perhaps be Madonna?) yet has a certain resilience at the bases -- but not, I'd posit, the same universality or unexamined character that it enjoyed even 15 years ago. Are we reaching a point, say in the next 20 years, where the sexual double standard will disappear from late-capitalist culture? >and is quite prevalent in, for example, Catholic cultures. While randy Latins are a common stereotype, what are the statistics on number of sex partners, incidences of infidelity etc. for men and women from, say, Italy, Brazil, Germany and England? Of course this is a question of behavior as opposed to ideology -- perhaps you were referring only to the latter? But then the double standard has a long ideological history in our very own United States, which we'd be hard-pressed to identify as a Catholic culture, don't you think? -- Matt D.
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