Devianceand Its Consequences
Devianceand Its Consequences
Adeviant behavior is one that is considered to be contrary toacceptable norms of the society (In Haugen,& In Musser,2013).With the changes taking place around the globe, there have been a lotof changes in the behavioral patterns of many communities. This paperdelves into homosexuality and lesbianism as deviant behaviors. Thepaper also finds the perception of people towards the behavior.
Whatwas the deviant behavior?
Thedeviant behavior was same-sex relationships, homosexuality, andlesbianism. It is known fact that same-sex relationships have reallynever been completely embraced by societies around the world (West,1968). From the findings, most the people involved are mainly youngand from affluent backgrounds. In the developed world, however, therelationships are fast being adopted at faster rates than itshappening in Africa and Asia. It was also found out from the researchthat media and technology have played a big role in changing andshaping perceptions towards same-sex relationships.
Whatwere the demographics of the group that witnessed the behavior?
Thegroup that witnessed the behavior was of diverse backgrounds butmainly from affluent backgrounds, a majority of them were below theage of 35years and d of mixed races. The behavior was found to becommon among the white members of the group than black ones. Thatshould probably be a topic for another research. It was also foundout that they more traveled members of the group expressed higherlevels of tolerance to a same-sex relationship. The group consistedhigher number of females than males. There was, however, nosignificant variation in opinions based on gender. The youngermembers of the group expressed more tolerance to the behavior thanthe older members. There was a consensus that that the behavior isnot influenced much by age (In Haugen,& In Musser,2013). Thebackground ofmembers, however, seemed to play huge roles intolerating the behavior.
Howdid the group react to the behavior?
Someof the members of the group were surprised that there are people whocould openly discuss their sexuality. They insinuated that they wouldnot have confessed were they the ones involved in the behavior. Onlyten percent of the members were shocked that lesbianism andhomosexuality are that prevalent.5% of the group members said thatthey have only heard about it in the media and that they had notbefore interacted directed with people who are in same-sexrelationships. Only an insignificant number of the people subjectedto the survey were not willing to contribute to the survey.
Didthe group attempt to control this deviant behavior?
there was an attempt by 20% from the group members to control thedeviant behavior.50%agreed that it is a personal choice anddecision and saw no reason why they should interfere with privateissues (West, 1968).15 % said that they had nothing to say on thematter while the rest of the group members said that then the topicwas too disgusting and could not contribute to. Only two percent ofthe group members declared to have ever been involved in same-sexrelationships.
Homosexualityand a same-sex relationship may have been legally recognized inseveral states around the world. However, quite a substantialfraction of people still consider the behavior evil and, therefore,unacceptable in civilized societies (West, 1968).Some did not liketalking about it while quite a big number are in same-sexrelationships.
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InHaugen, D. M., & In Musser, S. (2013). Homosexuality