It comes as no surprise to be reminded that men and women are judged in vastly different ways when it comes to their relationships and sexuality.
But every now and then a story will bring the double standard to the forefront of online discourse – again.
Yesterday, photos emerged of actor Lily James on holiday in Rome with co-star in the upcoming The Pursuit of Love Dominic West. The two appeared to be kissing, and many have interpreted it to suggest they are romantically involved.
Immediately, the internet went to town, furiously criticising James, for reasons including the fact that West is married and 19 years older than her, and that James reportedly recently split from Doctor Who actor Matt Smith after a five-year relationship. James was quickly trending across social media. She was repeatedly accused of – among other things that we won't repeat – "breaking up a marriage".
But fans were quick to call out the gender-based nature of the reaction, given that West faced comparatively limited criticism.
Lily James can do whatever she wants. She is single. Dominic West is married. Only one of these people is being slu… https://t.co/VdIGMSj2eZ
While others suggested he and his wife could very well be in a consensually non-monogamous relationship, and chose not to disclose it to the world.
West has previously said that he does not see monogamy as "the natural way to be" in an interview with Harper's Bazaar last year while discussing his role in the TV drama The Affair, in which he played a cheating spouse.
If nothing else, it's a reminder to not make assumptions when such things are revealed, and to interrogate why the women in these equations are typically judged so much more harshly than the men.