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Miley dancing around a pole. Madonna rolling around on the floor in a wedding dress. Lady Gaga covered in fake blood. Britney making out with Madonna. And dancing around a pole. And dancing with a snake.

Those are just a few of the outrageous live musical performances put on by some of the top women in the music industry the past few decades. And while those sexy performances garnered some outspoken critics, it wasn't nearly the level of outrage that happened when a man tried to do the same thing.

Yes, everyone is all aTwitter and Facebookin' about American Idol alum Adam Lambert's performance during last night's AMA show. According to this Washington Post article, "the pompadoured singer's performance immediately sent ripples across the Twitterverse, with many viewers criticizing Lambert for what they found to be excessive."

If you didn't happen to catch the performance, it consisted of some S&M clad dancers, simulated sex acts and an open mouth guy-to-guy kiss. You can check it out below:

ABC received about 1500 calls of complaints over the performance but Lambert was quick to defend the number:

"It's a shame because I think that there's a double standard going on in the entertainment community right now," Lambert told Rolling Stone after the show. "Female performers have been doing this for years -- pushing the envelope about sexuality -- and the minute a man does it, everybody freaks out. We're in 2009; it's time to take risks, be a little more brave, time to open people's eyes, and if it offends them, then maybe I'm not for them."

So is there a double standard? It's a good question. Any thoughts out there in the blog-o-sphere?