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the double standard of the sexes is nothing new. In his time women were kept as far away from sex as possible (chaperon, over education and activities like dancing and piano) and were ridiculed if they didn’t marry by 30. Men were allowed to explore, however discreetly, but going as far as the father of the house paying a servant girl to “instruct” the young man.