We know that deviance is a word used to explain a behavior that violates the “norms.” As stated in our text The Practical Skeptic on page 173 “To define an act as deviant is to say nothing about whether that act is good or bad, or moral or immoral. To say that an act is deviant is to say only that it violates the norms of a particular group of people at a particular point of time.”
A good example of this would be Gunther Von Hagens and his art of human plastination. I’m not sure if any of you have ever been to any of his Body Worlds exhibits, but it is fascinating!
What he does, is in my opinion, a work of art. But, that opinion does vary. Death can be hard for people to deal with. The norm at one time was one of two things, people were either burried or cremated. When Gunther Von Hagens started the art of plastination, it caused quite a controversy. Seriously, to embalm someone, strip away various parts of their body, have them naked and on display was appauling to many.
The body worlds exhibit is not only amazing but also a very educational experience for many. Although it was certainly a break from the “norm” it has it’s benefits and has become a more accepted practice.
Below I have included some links about the exhibit itself, the controversy behind it and general information.