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Although times have changed since the story girl was writtenmothers as well as society continue to hold women back from having theability to be independent because of the without the fear of beingjudged or looked down upon This is shown in the short story Girlwhich was written by Jamaica Kincaid in 1978 A double standard is arule or principle that is unfairly applied in different ways todifferent people or groups The world continues to evolve yet thedouble standards between men and women have yet to revolutionize In the story the mother tries to teach her daughter how to be anacceptable woman in society and how to be what a man deserves Thedouble standard is first shown when the mother says to her daughterhow a man bullies you this how to love a man The mother isteaching her daughter to tolerate a man who bullies her even though aman is not expected to tolerate a woman who bullies him The mother tries to teach her daughter that it is important for a womannot be seen as promiscuous or slutty because if she is societywill not view her as a respectable woman to marry This is showed whenthe mother tells her daughter that she cannot squat while playingmarbles or talk to the wharf boys This double standard stillexists today A man can have a casual sexual relationship with a womanand be commended for it but if a woman does the same she is considereda slut The mother tells her daughter she must be a lady whilethe boys can sit however they want as well as talk to whoever theydesire When the story takes place as well as today a man is seen as theleader of the household The man is to work and make money and thewoman is expected to take care of the house and raise the children This expectation is shown when the mother
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