Would your grandmother, in her day, have worn today’s bathing suits? When your father was a boy would he have heard profanity on any T.V. channel? That is defining deviancy down.
But the Durkheim Constant also defines deviancy up so that what was once considered normal and acceptable social behavior is eventually rejected by the community as being deviant.
Fifty years ago, at the public schools in your community, would they have perceived Christmas as offensive? Three decades ago would anyone have thought of suing the Boys Scouts for being intolerant? That is defining deviancy up. These two constants will remain in society until a movement of greater force counters it. Folks, let’s get to work.
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