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Deviant

I found this article mildly amusing: Tattoos linked to deviance?

Texas Tech University’s study, which will be published in March in the Social Science Journal, says that people with two or more piercings or tattoos are more prone to deviant behaviour, which includes excess drinking, smoking pot, being promiscuous and being willing to cheat.

Ah, yes. Deviant behaviour. Of course, even today, where tattoos and piercings have become quite mainstream, those young people who are willing to commit to body modification are naturally more likely to be open to trying other experiences as well, so the study results are not surprising. But… deviant?

And yes, I understand that the textbook definition of deviance as a sociological study includes breaking the law, yet it seems oddly strange to call smoking pot “deviant” when 42% of the population have tried it, including Presidents and people in every walk of life, 14 states have legalized it for medical purposes, and multiple states are considering legalizing it for recreational purposes.

Just sayin’.

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12 comments to Deviant

  • ezrydn

    It takes a long time for a conditioned mind to be flushed.

  • Kant

    so if excessive drinking is considered deviant behavior, i’m pretty sure binge drinking is most common among college students. does that mean going to college leads to deviant behavior? WE MUST PROHIBIT COLLEGE I SAY!

  • primus

    Just sayin’ you’se right.

  • Just me

    To those ‘squares’ tattoos repersent rebellion against the status quo. Always will til the squares are educated to not be squares, then tattos and pot smoking will be normal.Some just cant let go of their hate.

  • Guy#1

    Well clearly smoking pot is wrong. Even though if you asked me to define wrong I wouldn’t know what to say.

  • Cliff

    As a Texas Tech alum who doesn’t have a single tattoo or piercing, but responsibly uses cannabis, I’m getting a kick out of this post.

  • I had a pierced ear back when you’d get called a faggot and risked a beating by the same folks that have pierced ears today.

  • Circle

    I hate tattoos

  • Just me

    Bit off topic but relevent to the fight we are all in here.

    Heres a link to the Continental Congress’09’.
    http://www.cc2009.us/
    There You will find speakers on topics of our first and second amendment rights, speaking on how and why gun control and the war on drugs are relevent to it and how you can return libert to our nation.

    There you will also find a videos called:

    No guns for negroes , byRalph Conner
    Drug wars and immigration
    Shadow government

    You will also find a speaker(Jeffery Dickstein) on the 16th amendment and how it is un constitutional. Would you like a 30% raise on your pay? Watch it.
    ..And many more.

    If you arent already educating you self on how to return inner cities to safty and reclaim liberty to our nation…please start..its up to us..our leaders are not going to do it.

    These many seem boring and long but, they are very important videos to watch if we want to win.
    Only we the people can change thier minds, apathy wont work anymore.

    Knowledge is power..give your self the power.

    http://www.cc2009.us/

  • Dave

    “Legalize cannabis = HeathCare reform”

  • Dave

    Legalize marihuana = Health care reform

  • DdC

    The Downside of “The Downside of High”
    by Chris Bennett – Friday, February 5 2010 (Excerpted)

    Those who oppose marijuana legalization, have a clear motivation and desire to establish a link between cannabis and schizophrenia, as it Puts a “scientific” label, on their purely “moral” opposition. The British Raj attempted this same method in 19th century India. In their attempt to colonize India, the British found major opposition from cannabis using “faqirs” and sadhus” who opposed the Brits and held considerable social influence over the population, and were considered holy figures.

    Thus, in order to rid these streets of these unruly hashish intoxicated “madmen” , as nile Green explains in ISLAM AND THE ARMY IN COLONIAL INDIA: Sepoy Religion in the Service of Empire new British legislation was drawn up in Colonial India “including legislation on drug use and the incarceration of mendicants in India’s insane asylums” (Green, 2009).

    “The import of the faqirs reckless jeers, his nakedness and his open drug-use were for these reasons reinterpreted in official policy as signs of his insanity and his ‘anti-social’ character. Given the widespread role of faqirs…, the expanded role of the asylum was therefore one of several ways in which these unruly agitators were controlled. By these means, the social meaning of the faqir was reversed: his activities were no longer evidence of jazb, of sweet intoxication in God’s presence, but proof instead of insanity”. (Green, 2009)