Tired of living, living, living
By this double standard, standard, standard
Tired of living, living, living
By this double standard, standard, standard

from Ab-Soul – Double Standards Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

You try to do things right, but society makes people who do good out to look like a pussy, a punk, a bitch. He’s just tired of being made look bad for being a good person.

The hook of this song goes hand in hand with the notion of a double standard.
A man faces things everyday subtly coercing him to want to bang as many girls as he can. Monogamy is frowned upon by male peers. For women, the opposite image is created. Women get their nails and hair done in search of the one man. In the Catch-22 that is this song, neither of them would like to be in the situation that unfolds and both parties are guilty. However, once the dust settles, the girl’s reputation is more tarnished than the male’s. Hence double standard.

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