Sexual deviance by definition is any exhibition of sexual behavior by individuals that is considered strange and not normal. It is any behavior that moves from the basic normal standards set over time by human. Due to its difference with set standards, these deviances are seen as unacceptable by the publics who play by the old rules. Examples of sexual deviances would include attraction to things such as trees, same sex marriages, fetish behavior and general attraction to inanimate objects. So then who decides what is acceptable and what is not? These standards are set by the moral values in a society, the laws of a land and more so by the medical spheres. This paper therefore seeks to identify this as a social problem and find out ways this sexual deviances effect on the people involved. (Garin, 2009)
Over time sexual attraction has only been set to solely be defined by an act of two individual of the opposite gender having an attraction for each other. But with the changes in time, this has changed starting with the mild elements of having same sex marriages (which is legal in some countries) to extremes of having attractions to animals and inanimate objects. The individuals involved claim it is an orientation they find themselves in without planning bringing forth the conclusion that it is genetics based while others will argue that it is a process influenced by technology. There have been attempts by medics to try healing some of this deviances but the argument is that the solution does not lie in medicines but on treatment that changes the way the brain perceives things. The same argument lies in the religions, some accepting this deviances and actually embracing the individuals fully while some are still rigid on the same. A good example is with the catholic church whereby originally their priests were not allowed to marry but they split into 2 groups one allowing them to marry. Recently the Catholic Church has again had to handle a major difference on regards to their support or dislike for same sex marriages with numerous cases of priests repeatedly molesting young boys.
Another major debate brought out to the public on the same case of sexual deviances is in the recently concluded America’s elections. President elect Donald Trump was branded as being against the LGBT community which over time has come to be legalized in the country. This saw numerous street protests some claiming freedom was seemingly at risk but on the reverse a good number supported Trump which just means that the question of sexual deviance still holds numerous opinions on the Americans.
In media however there has been a steady growth in embracing these groups with such deviances. Initially various show hosts got fired for exhibiting the mildest of same sex attraction behavior but over time the same has come to be embraced. A good example is through the story of popular TV host Ellen DeGeneres. She was fired on coming out as a lesbian but later on taken back and her show now popular hides no fact that she is a lesbian. Hers is actually a celebrity lesbian couple marriage talked about by many.
It is proper to then conclude that sexual deviances are on the rise and the people exhibiting such behavior find it hard to catch up with the so perceived normal behavior. However, the society is gradually accepting these groups but those with extreme deviances are still viewed as sick and need psychological help.