Deviance Deployed

What, then, were the common charges of sexual weakness? How did they participate in the maintenance and policing of status? What beliefs about gender and sexuality are assumed? To what ends were these charges em ployed? As was suggested by the above reading of ancient rhetorical theory, charges of sexual vice tended to appear in lists rather than separately. If a man was condemned for his extravagance, he was also likely to be condemned for adultery, effeminacy, corruption of boys, or some other related charge. If a woman was accused of sexual licentiousness, she was also likely to be accused of excessive adornment and concern for her ap-pearance.84 For the sake of convenience, however, I will discuss some of the more prevalent charges separately.

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