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- n. Actions or behaviors that violate formal and informal cultural norms such as law and the discouragement from public nose-picking.
- n. A person or thing that differs from the expected.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. an aberrant state or condition.
- n. deviate behavior.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a state or condition markedly different from the norm
- n. deviate behavior
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Would that mean proportionality could only be achieved if 15% of the PCs were woman and 5% of those from that particular belief group (perhaps with a margin of acceptable deviance from the mean/median/mode – which average are we using by the way?)
And we have yet to learn the full scope of that deviance from the constitution and the founders express desire to have divided government and shared power amongst 3 branches.
We cannot imagine a difference in which all deviance is equally valued.
In such a mentality, “wrongness” is understood as transgression, which is understood as deviance from the “natural order”, which is understood in terms of the received wisdom of norms-as-law.
Even if one becomes homosexual through a gradual development of sexual tastes, the deviance is no more "unnatural" than if one develops a taste for bletted medlars and a dislike for apples.
Hence, magic became part of a growing "underworld" of unorthodox practices, such as necromancy, witchcraft, and heresy -- all forms of deviance from a norm now asserting itself in greater clarity than ever before.
Yet they fixate on their differences with us, and they are faithful, sometimes gleeful, chroniclers of every American deviance from the Jacksonian creed, such as our growing economic inequality and the corruption of our political system by big money.
For both sides, then, sexual deviance is political deviance.
Artists are given greater leeway for deviance from the norms when they are "geniuses", GREAT ARTISTS, but I doubt (but do not know) whether the vast majority of serious, dedicated, often quite skilled, artists are given the same latitude.
There are as many reports about the particularities of the castrato's physical deviance from the norm of the adult male as there are reports of their sexual proclivities and capabilities, many of them, of course anecdotal and many of them untrustworthy at best.