Against Obscenity by Leigh Ann Wheeler
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Against Obscenity
By Leigh Ann Wheeler

Against Obscenity

Reform and the Politics of Womanhood in America, 1873-1935

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Against Obscenity by Leigh Ann Wheeler

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As women beat down the doors and won the right to vote in the early twentieth century, adult (patriarchal) males rightly anticipated crusades on behalf of, or mounting conflicts over, those issues that particularly agitated women--drink, child welfare, and vice chief among them. This study examines the struggle of women to exert (matriarchal) control over burlesque houses, motion-picture theaters, and sex education in the schools--employing censorship in the role of moral leadership--and the opposition they encountered, from some men but also some women. Answering which, and why, Leigh Ann Wheeler finds that public disagreements on anti-obscenity fractured what appeared to be unity among women, undercut the earlier view of women as disinterested because apart from the public fray, and led to a resurgence of patriarchal authority--now in the shape of religious anti-obscenity. The leaders of the women's anti-obscenity movement launched their crusade in Minneapolis, but women across the country followed their example, so that Wheeler avoids the limitations of a purely local case study. Completed under the direction of Sara Evans, Wheeler's work offers a sterling example of how students of the women's experience can open new questions and deepen our understanding of cultural-political conflict in American life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801886386
ISBN-10: 0801886384
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 268
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 11-May-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Leigh Ann Wheeler

Leigh Ann Wheeler is an associate professor of history and American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University.

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