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Supreme Court won't hear case on gay wedding snub

The Supreme Court declined Monday to decide if a New Mexico wedding photographer was within her rights when she refused to work at a same-sex ceremony.

Via Homophobia news watch
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I chose this article because it is sad that in the society we live in that is so well adapted and evolved we still have people who discriminate against one another. This couple refuses to photograph this marriage because it goes against their beliefs?! New Mexico has a strict law on anti-discrimination in the workplace, for work, you take as many customers and treat them all equally. I'm glad that the couple has decided to sue this business and I know I will NEVER ask for them as photographers. If you're going to let your beliefs stop you from giving your services to certain people because they go against your beliefs, you SHOULDN'T be in a business. In my opinion turning the couple down is deviant because if I had a business I would believe that I must treat all my customers equally and provide my services to anyone who requests it.

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Erin Madden's comment, April 14, 2014 12:20 PM
Good article! Let's connect this more to topics we've discussed in class: Are there any examples of informal social control here? Deviant sexualities? Defining up/down?
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Man Googles himself, finds he's among 'Most Wanted,' and promptly surrenders - San Francisco Chronicle (blog)

Man Googles himself, finds he's among 'Most Wanted,' and promptly surrenders - San Francisco Chronicle (blog) | Deviant Behavior | Scoop.it
San Francisco Chronicle (blog) Man Googles himself, finds he's among 'Most Wanted,' and promptly surrenders San Francisco Chronicle (blog) It could be argued that when people Google themselves, they take pride in what they find, hence the term...
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I chose this article because usually when someone finds out they are on a most wanted list they run from the force. But, in this case the man turned himself in. I found it interesting because it shows us that not every ‘criminal’ is the same. Sometimes criminals don’t even know they’re criminals and don’t know they may be considered on the run. This goes to show that just because the male in the story is of a Hispanic background, he’s not going to run or try to hide but rather turn himself in.

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Erin Madden's comment, March 27, 2014 12:57 PM
Good analysis. It also seems like you could connect to labeling theory here, and show how this young man had a primary deviation (whatever he was first arrested for), but instead of continuing to be deviant and embracing his label, he tries to fight against it and "do the right thing" by turning himself in.
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Is homosexuality a better or worse sin than other sins?

Is homosexuality a better or worse sin than other sins? | Deviant Behavior | Scoop.it
It is above my pay grade to rank the sinfulness of homosexuality vis-a-vis other sins.  It's enough for me that it is a sin of sexual immorality, which I know is wrong before the Lord.  Some people...
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Honestly, this post made me a tad angry being a huge supporter of the LGBT community. This woman says if homosexuality isn’t a sin then people need to apologize for homophobia. But at the same time she says if homosexuality is a sin then people shouldn’t give them equal rights and special groups. She says that if homosexuality is a sin then it is the same as every other sin such as murdering, kidnapping, lying, etc. Personally I don’t feel as though homosexuality is not a sin, but I am also not religious. It just angers me that someone can compare someone being in love to someone who is killing another person. LGBT does NOT hurt anyone else, if you don’t like it look away, but murdering does hurt everyone involved. I’ll let you all decided how you feel.

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Savannah Edmonds's comment, February 4, 2014 12:35 AM
I feel that she is coming from an interesting perspective, being that she is someone who is religious, and instead of calling it sin outright, putting the question out there for others to ponder and answer for themselves. Being that pretty much anything can be called a sin, if one decides to look through every detail of the bible to see what's listed as a sin, most would probably choose to intertwine what one learned growing up with what one now believes today to be good or bad. In my eyes EVERY human, whether straight or not, deserves equal rights. And I would not hold someone who was gay, in the same category as a murderer or thief. We're all human, just trying to enjoy this life we're given, and majority of us have never considered committing the other "sins" listed along with homosexuality. If no harm is being done, live and let live.
Carol Maes's comment, February 4, 2014 2:08 PM
Okay correct me if I'm wrong... But... Is there like a list that organizes the overall sinfulness of sins??? I agree with you, Savannah. If it isn't harmful to others than leave well enough alone. In my opinion the hatred and anger associated with homophobia is the real harmful action.
Erin Madden's comment, February 4, 2014 4:48 PM
Good discussion! So, we know that homosexuality is increasingly considered more "normal" and less deviant. We also know that there are some pretty big groups of christians who think homosexuality should remain something considered deviant and they justify this position with biblical references in the old testament that condemns homosexuality as well as a bunch of other things that most people in the US don't care much about (like eating shellfish!). There are, in christianity, some sins that are "worse" than others. These are "mortal sins" (who else remembers this from sunday school/catholic school? anyone?) like abortion or heresy. Homosexuality is technically a mortal sin. But so is adultery, divorce, and masturbation. A lot of christians also disagree about many things included on the list of "mortal sins," and well as many of the things included in the old testament as sins. As sociologists of deviance, what is our interest in this article? I can see one thing being that the author of this blog and some other christians disagree with the "defining deviance down" that is happening to homosexuality. People are defining fewer and fewer non-straight identities as deviant in mainstream society. The justification for defining down is what you all are talking about: who is this harming? look away, live and let live, etc.
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What Is Meow Meow, the Drug That Made a Teen Cut Off His Genitals?

What Is Meow Meow, the Drug That Made a Teen Cut Off His Genitals? | Deviant Behavior | Scoop.it
A look at the powerful amphetamine that caused a recent user to engage in horrific self-mutilation
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The fourth most popular drug after marijuana, molly (ecstacy), and cocaine is called Meow Meow. This drug is a substance made from Methrodone.I chose this article because it falls under deviance. I found it interesting because the drug has only been in the US for three years now and is beginnning to be called after bath salts. I liked this article specifically because it was just about another teenager no different then the rest. I aso found it interesting because I didn't personally know you could buy drugs off the internet, I thought the 'system' would look out for sites such as that, including fake ID sites. This is of course deviant because it involves drugs but none of the theories we've studied really make me think about this story. He didn't have a social influence, and there really wasn't any gain for him from doing the drug but maybe you guys could figure out which theory you feel would most likely fit this deviant behavior.

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Ashley Vigil's comment, January 22, 2014 6:15 PM
In doing some research, I found that Meow Meow can allow the user to have a sense of alertness, confidence, talkative and euphoria. Some people will temporarily feel strong affection to those around them. This drug enhances the emotions and thoughts. Many people have nicknamed it the "Party Drug". Something I have noticed about these theories is that they only focus on one influence. This teen probably had several influences like school, home life, peers, and drama. But I think this deviant act mostly relates to the Self-Control theory, where the teen did not have a proper relationship with his or her parents.
Erin Madden's comment, January 23, 2014 7:09 PM
Interesting article and comments here. I like Ashley's idea of connecting to self-control theory. Maybe he did not have enough prosocial bonds (especially with prosocial peers), and this motivated him to try drugs. However, this article doesn't tell us much about they teenager who used meow meow, although I think Ashley's guess about the "why did he do it?" is a good one.
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Why Peyton Manning Had To Be Talked Into Getting Salary Bigger Than Brady's

Why Peyton Manning Had To Be Talked Into Getting Salary Bigger Than Brady's | Deviant Behavior | Scoop.it
In this era of supersize contracts and supersize egos, rare is it the case that a player refuses to accept more money than he thinks he's worth.
As if...
Chenelle Ridgway's insight:

Some people probably wouldn't consider this as being deviant but I most definitely do. Deviance is breaking the norms of society, and the norm has been to lie and try to make as much money as you possibly can. But for Manning, he wanted to be as honest with Broncos as possible and didn't want to put them at risk. Manning was originally offered $25 million dollars a year, but on account of the surgery he had endured that could have been career ending, he took other terms to his pay. He asked how much Tom Brady and when he was told Brady makes $18 million a year, he said that's what he wanted. He didn't want one penny more than Brady because he didn't know how well he was going to play after surgery and didn't want to put the Broncos at risk because of him. His ending salary is $19 million a year, but even then, he didn't want more than Brady, Manning's wife had to talk him into taking the salary before he said yes.

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Marcus Irving's comment, April 3, 2014 11:58 AM
How nice of Peyton Manning to ask for the same 18 million that Tom Brady’s contract was set for instead of the 25 million his agent told him he could get on the open market (sarcastic voice), If I could take a pay cut and still receive such I lucrative amount I would do the good guy thing myself. Peyton Manning is one of the highest paid, and most endorsement earning players in NFL history, but at the end of the day being honest is being honest. I agree 100% that this was an act of deviance; one that probably ruffled a few feathers around the organization, because most athletes regardless of hidden injuries or how many zeros are at the end of their bank statement would not pass up the opportunity to milk the game for every last red cent. I don’t know if any person in any profession for that matter would ask for a pay deduction. It’s nice to see that even at the top of the totem pole there is still room for honor and integrity, but with as much as franchise owners make off of players through ticket sales, television ratings and merchandise, I don’t know if Peyton should be looking to save them a few dollars. Still it gives children a different perspective from the typical greedy celebrities that they usually see in the world. I think an even better act of generosity would have been to take the 25 instead of the 19 and donate the other 6 to charitable organizations instead of leaving it in the pocket of the extremely rich team owner.
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Creating a 'Living Image' of a Transgender Woman - The Atlantic

Creating a 'Living Image' of a Transgender Woman - The Atlantic | Deviant Behavior | Scoop.it
Creating a 'Living Image' of a Transgender Woman
The Atlantic
Because so many people think that our gender identities and sexual orientations are a result of some kind of deviance. Or being a victim of some traumatic event.
Chenelle Ridgway's insight:

I chose this article because she shows us how living as a transgender is challenging but at the same time you can still have great opportunities. She got to write a book and has a permanent role on Orange is the New Black. Even though she felt as though her book was being used for infotainment and not the purpose of what she was going through and what she's been through. This article was a good refresher for the brain especially since I am volunteering at the Transgender Resource Center in New Mexico. I love being able to read all the great news about the transgender community and knowing what great opportunities they get for being unique.

 

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Erin Madden's comment, March 16, 2014 10:28 PM
Janet Mock is doing a lot of important work for defining down trans* people. She and Laverne Cox regularly appear on daytime talk shows, news programs, and seem to do a ton of public speaking to educate people in all areas of society about transgender people and more specifically the discrimination and problems they may face in society. Glad your brought their important work up!
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Soy Based Products Linked to Rise in Homosexuality & Disease - National Report

Soy Based Products Linked to Rise in Homosexuality & Disease - National Report | Deviant Behavior | Scoop.it
In spite of medical evidence anyone can walk into any health food outlet and find these sleazy death merchants pushing soy like it was Toronto Crack.
Chenelle Ridgway's insight:

Honestly, this post made me a tad angry being a huge supporter of the LGBT community. This woman says if homosexuality isn’t a sin then people need to apologize for homophobia. But at the same time she says if homosexuality is a sin then people shouldn’t give them equal rights and special groups. She says that if homosexuality is a sin then it is the same as every other sin such as murdering, kidnapping, lying, etc. Personally I don’t feel as though homosexuality is not a sin, but I am also not religious. It just angers me that someone can compare someone being in love to someone who is killing another person. LGBT does NOT hurt anyone else, if you don’t like it look away, but murdering does hurt everyone involved. I’ll let you all decided how you feel.

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