Stock Image

Against Obscenity - Reform and the Politics of Womanhood in America, 18731935

Wheeler, Leigh Ann

7 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0801878020 / ISBN 13: 9780801878022
Published by Johns Hopkins Univ
New Condition: BRAND NEW Hardcover
From C. Clayton Thompson - Bookseller (BOONE, NC, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since January 4, 1998

Quantity Available: 1

Buy New
List Price: US$ 52.00
Price: US$ 50.94 Convert Currency
Shipping: Free Within U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

BRAND NEW Hardcover A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Bookshop in business since 1992!. Bookseller Inventory # 2317407

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Against Obscenity - Reform and the Politics ...

Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:BRAND NEW

About this title

Synopsis:

Radio "shock jocks," Super Bowl entertainment, music videos, and internet spam―all of these topics inspire passionate disagreements about whether and how to regulate sexually explicit material. But even in the midst of heated debate, most people agree that children should be shielded from exposure to pornographic images. Why are children the focal point of debates over sexually explicit material? And how did a culture rooted in Puritanism and Victorianism become saturated with sex?

In Against Obscenity, Leigh Ann Wheeler offers new answers to these questions through a study of women's anti-obscenity activism from 1873 to 1935. This period saw the emergence of an increasingly sexualized popular culture comprised of burlesque shows, risqué vaudeville acts, and indecent motion pictures. It also witnessed the enfranchisement of women. These momentous cultural and political developments come together in a story about middle- and upper-class women who mobilized against lewd public amusements and, simultaneously, challenged the men whose work as activists, jurors, and even law enforcement officials, had defined and regulated obscenity for several decades.

By the 1920s, women who led the anti-obscenity movement enjoyed the support of millions of American women and the attention of presidents, congressmen, and Hollywood moguls. Today we live in a world profoundly shaped by their work but largely ignorant of their influence. Using primary sources as intimate as private correspondence and as formal as meeting minutes, Against Obscenity tells the story of these all but forgotten women, exploring their passionate disagreements over whether to ban a touring stage show, close a local burlesque theater, disseminate explicit sex education pamphlets, or create a federal agency to regulate Hollywood films. It shows that the rise and fall of women's anti-obscenity leadership shaped American attitudes toward and regulation of sexually explicit material even as it charted a new era in women's politics. In the end, the book argues that essentialist identity politics divided and ultimately disarmed women's anti-obscenity reform, helping us understand the curiously muted impact of woman suffrage. It also cautions against framing debates over sexual material narrowly in terms of harm to children while highlighting the dangers of surrendering discourse about sexuality to the commercial realm.

From the Back Cover:

In the tumultuous early decades of the twentieth century, women reformers provoked tremendous political and cultural change. Temperance activists succeeded in enacting Prohibition and then saw it repealed. Welfare reformers built and then dismantled the Children's Bureau. Suffragists cheered their momentous victory and then quarreled over its meaning. This period also saw the emergence of an increasingly sexualized popular culture comprised of burlesque shows, risque vaudeville acts, and indecent moving pictures. Politically active middle- and upper-class women began mobilizing against these lewd public amusements, challenging the male-led organizations that had for several decades defined and regulated obscenity. By the 1930s, women leaders of the anti-obscenity movement enjoyed the support of millions of American women and were courted by presidents, congressmen, and Hollywood moguls. Yet today their influence has been all but forgotten.

In Against Obscenity, Leigh Ann Wheeler restores female anti-obscenity activists to their rightful place in twentieth-century women's history, uncovering a fascinating and largely untold aspect of the Progressive Era. At the center of Wheeler's study stands Catheryne Cooke Gilman, an indomitable woman who led the anti-obscenity movement in her native Minneapolis, as well as national grassroots organizations. Through the activities of Gilman and her fellow reformers, Wheeler explains how the rise and fall of women's anti-obscenity leadership shaped American attitudes toward and regulation of sexually explicit material even as it charted a new era in women's politics. She also addresses the passionate disagreements between and among various reform organizations over these issues (and the interesting reasons for the divisions)―whether or not to ban a touring stage show, for example, or close a local burlesque theater, disseminate explicit sex education pamphlets, or create a federal agency to regulate Hollywood films.

Today's efforts to protect children from sexual imagery on television and the Internet echo the concerns of this earlier generation of reformers, as do feminist battles over pornography. By recovering the voices of earlier activists―their concerns and conflicts, victories and failures―Against Obscenity offers a fresh perspective on contemporary discussions concerning freedom of expression and the moral supervision of American entertainment.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

We are a Full-Time Book Shop in business over 16 years - We accept calls at 828-265-4970 and welcome visitors to browse our shop! We can special order books and ship gift books almost anywhnere in the world. We wrap most books with jackets in Brodart Dust Jacket Protectors at no extra charge - books sent from publishers will not be in Brodart Covers. We Specialize in Civil War, Military, and Genealogy Books and have the largest selection of Civil War and Military Books on the Internet. We offer discounts on new and reprint titles. Our Home Page shown with our Abe listings offers access to videos, maps, swords, autographs, music and other Military Items. Our shop and mailing address is: C. Clayton Thompson-Bookseller, 584 Briarwood, Boone, NC 28607. We do not offer any dealer discounts on ABE orders.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

PAYMENT VIA PAYPAL, DISCOVER CARD, AMERICAN EXPRESS, VISA, OR MASTERCARD. We accept Checks and Money Orders drawn on U.S. Banks and Canadian Postal Money Orders - - if you are not sure how to arrange payment, please call us at 828-265-4970 or email us at Greatbooks@aol.com


Shipping Terms:

NOTE: FEEL FREE TO INQUIRE ABOUT SHIPPING COST ON OVERSEAS ORDERS - WE CAN NO LONGER SHIP VIA SURFACE POST - WE ARE HAPPY TO QUOTE SHIPPING ON LARGE OR HEAVY BOOKS - SIMPLY CALL US AT 828-265-4970 OR EMAIL US AT "Greatbooks@aol.com"

Shipping costs are based on standard size books sent without insurance. Some books are shipped direct from publishers and added costs may apply as stated in book description - including shipments to Hawaii, Alaska and Overseas. Feel free to contact us to inquire on shipping cost. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we will contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order Cash PayPal