What is something that used to be considered socially deviant but is now viewed as a social norm? What do you think accounts for its change in social status?
In the United States, at least, things that were once deviant but are now norms are not behaviors so much as they are attitudes. That is, I cannot think of anything we used to frown on people for doing but now actually expect them to do. For example, many in the United States used to frown on interracial marriage, but, while most Americans are accepting of interracial couples, they do not expect people to marry exclusively outside their race today. We previously disapproved strongly of homosexuality, but we do not expect all people to be homosexual today. Instead, what has changed is our attitudes about these things.
In the past, it was considered deviant to tolerate and accept various kinds of behaviors. Among these behaviors were such things as
- Racial integration and mixing
- Sex/ childbearing outside of wedlock
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