Deviance

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Deviance

Conspicuous dissimilarity with, or variation from, customarily acceptable behavior.

Deviance implies a lack of compliance to societal norms, such as by engaging in activities that are frowned upon by society and frequently have legal sanctions as well, for example, the illegal use of drugs.

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Deviancy has clearly been established in relation to sexuality in the literature.
Exhort civil society to implement programmes and studies dedicated to guide youth and protect them from the dangers of behavioural deviancy, extremism and terrorism.
And as The Kinsey Syndrome pointed out, in an effort to justify his own deviancy, Kinsey aimed to destroy the traditional values of his youth and "reshape America in his own image.
I would hope that our elected representatives will recognize HB 436 for what it is really all about and reject this latest attempt to define deviancy down.
Chapters are organized thematically: marriage and family, religion, science, crime, and deviancy.
Elise Chenier, Strangers in our Midst: Sexual Deviancy in Postwar Ontario (Toronto: University of Toronto Press 2008)
Social services actually provided him with a further two victims of his sexual deviancy.
But it's not as glamorous as television makes it out to be; it turns out to be a dark world of drugs, sexual deviancy, treachery, and a dead hooker, who just happened to be his wife.
None too keen on McLaren's assertion that "Jesus Christ was a sausage" and his suggestion that all the churches should be turned into centres of sexual deviancy, mad Mike screamed: "National television or not.
In "Norms and Deviancy," the most "scary" chapter of the book, Milbank writes Potomac Land has "long encouraged eccentricity" and tolerates behavior that other cultures would attribute to "psychiatric disorders.
Daniel Moynihan's seminal 1993 essay, "Defining Deviancy Down"--was beginning to lift.
Recorder Jeremy Richardson said: "The sentence imposed is indefinite to protect the public from your predatory sexual deviancy towards children.