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February 27, 2006
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Dr. Leigh Ann Wheeler

Dr. Leigh Ann Wheeler

 

Wheeler studies how ACLU shaped 20th-century sexual policy, culture

An eye-opening answer to an informal survey question was the genesis of a book project that has earned a BGSU historian two research fellowships, one of them from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota in 1997, Dr. Leigh Ann Wheeler opened an honors seminar she was teaching, “Rethinking Pornography and Hate Speech,” by asking students how they would feel if their partner or spouse used pornography or brought it into their home.

Each female student replied that, while pornography made her personally uncomfortable, she would never request that her boyfriend or husband remove it from her home for fear of violating his “right to free speech.”

The response left Wheeler wondering why the students equated criticizing pornography with advocating censorship, even in their own homes. But after reading a book by the president of the American Civil Liberties Union, she had a possible answer—they were living in a civic and sexual culture “profoundly” shaped by the ACLU.

That hypothesis is at the core of Wheeler’s project, “Liberating Sex: How the American Civil Liberties Union Shaped Policy and Culture in the Twentieth-Century United States.” Her research will be aided next fall by a fellowship from BGSU’s Institute for the Study of Culture and Society and in 2007 by the NEH fellowship, which was among 155 granted nationwide recently.
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