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A Desensitzed Society-Deviant Assignment-Snow Skiing in the Summer
Accomplishments of the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act , The
America's Struggle with British Oppression
back talking to parents-deviant assignment
Breaking the Norm (Deviant Observation Report)
Changing Demographics of the Virginia Colony's Laborers, The
Coloring with deviance-Deviant assignment
Criticisms and counter efforts on the influence of the “Barbie Image” in America
Deviant Times in Chicago (Deviant Assignment)
Digital Dating Experience, The
Dinner and a Show-Deviant Project Derry
Dog Gone Wild
Domestic Violence in African American Homes
Domestic Violence in American Homes
Effects of Fox News and MSNBC on America's Politcial Views
Emotional And Psychological Effects Of Abortion On American Women
Enlightenment Period, The
Environmental Transformation of America by the Native North American Inhabitants, The
Equality In Marriage
Equality in the Eyes of the Revolutionary Leaders
Extent of Truisms in American Comedy on Blue Collar Values, The
Factors that Encouraged Europeans’ to Pursue Voyages of Exploration
Failure of Georgia's Small Farmer's Utopia, The
Faults and Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation
Footies in Walmart (Deviant Assignment)
George Grenville's Acts, The
How did the Iroquois nation gain strength from its contacts with white colonies?
How the war affected black slaves during the Civil War
Human Trafficking - It Happens Here, It's Happening Now
Influence of Barbie on Gender Identity
It's too d*** hot for a penguin to just be walking around here!
Jabbar's Deviant Assignment (Deviant Observation Report)
John's Deviant Assignment (Deviant Observation Report)
Lagrange Road Drag Racing at 5mph (Deviant Assignment)
Let's Dance (Deviant Observation Report)
Manifest Dysfunctions of Internet Dating
MVCC SOC 102-592 S1-3
Protected Shopping (Deviant Assignment)
Puking In Public- Deviant Assignment
Roaming Free (Deviant Assignment)
Role of Sugar and Tobacco in Virginia and the Caribbean Colonies, The
Sexuality, Teens, and the Media
Slavery in America - Sex Trafficking
Slaves Lives during the War - Revolutionary War
soup...salad...with a side of awkwardness
Speedo on the Beach- Deviant Assignment
Sugar Act & Stamp Act – George Grenville Generating Revenue
Sugar and Tobacco in Virginia and the Caribbean
Taylor's Deviant Assignment (Deviant Observation Report)
War on terror in a functionalist’s perspective
What role did the Congregational church play in life of New England villages?
What role did the Congregational church play in the life of New England villages?
When Summer and Winter Meet - Deviant Assignment
Why Didn’t New England Develop a Slave Based Plantation Economy?
Institutional Supports for Abortion in America
Speedo on the Beach- Deviant Assignment
Deviant Assignment: Speedo on the Beach
For my deviant assignment I decided to wear a Speedo swimsuit to the beaches along downtown Chicago. I went on a hot afternoon one weekend to ensure the most amount of people on the beaches. I didn’t have the courage to do this alone, so I went with a few friends and also made a beach day of it.
I tried to act as normal and as nonchalant as possible as to make it seem like I thought it was perfectly acceptable to a public beach. I swam in the lake, walked along the water, and walked down the Lake Shore Drive path, all in my Speedo.
The responses I received were extremely varied. Some people yelled and made of fun of me (usually some kind of homophobic response), others gave me a dirty look, but many more just laughed. A few girls made cat calls and whistled as I walked by. One woman even asked me for a picture with her. Many people must have noticed me in a Speedo as I walked directly by them, but didn’t care or decided to ignore me.
When people called me “gay” or a “fag” I was a little taken back at first, but wearing a Speedo in public, I expected it to happen and being comfortable in my heterosexuality I didn’t let it affect me. It was much more enjoyable to hear people laugh or have a shocked look on their face as I walked by. It gave me an interesting perspective. Usually, people try to blend into how other people around them are acting and
, but I went completely against this and it was a different experience; it felt wrong even though I wasn’t hurting anyone or causing trouble.
I think there is something satisfying about breaking social
. I was performing an act that many people looked down upon, but since it wasn’t actually against the law no one could force me to stop.
For the people who thought I was gay, they were in an
and I was in an out-group. They were straight and I was supposedly gay, and they felt their group was superior to mine, so they could harass me and call me names. These people might look at homosexuality as a
that is ok as long as one hides it, but because I was wearing a Speedo, it became a discredited stigma that I was no longer hiding, and this was not acceptable.
It is also interesting to think that in many cultures, a straight man wearing a Speedo to a beach is perfectly acceptable. However,
Americans would not accept this aspect of European culture and look down upon people wearing Speedos, possibly because of their own ethnocentrism.
Overall, my deviant assignment was a positive experience. Although I encountered some homophobes and xenophobes, the majority of reactions I received were playful and kind, or at least impartial to my swim wear. This shows that although some people cannot look at people from outside their own sphere, many more people can take a step back and tolerate and even enjoy what other groups and cultures bring into their environment.
Carl, J.D. (2010).
. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
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