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How Sex Became a Civil Liberty

Leigh Ann Wheeler


Sexual revolutions have transformed American culture, society, and politics—not to mention individual lives—throughout the twentieth century. Sex radicals challenged Victorian restraint and championed sexual liberation. In the process, they confronted a tightly knit web of legal restrictions on sexual expression and conduct designed to keep sex out of the public realm and to allow public officials to police sex in private spaces. The American Civil Liberties Union has stood at the center of these battles, using the Constitution to create an expansive body of sexual rights that helped lay the o ... More

Keywords: sexual revolutions, sexual expression, civil liberties, sexuality, sexual liberation, ACLU, American Civil Liberties Union, abortion, grassroots activism, birth control

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199754236
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199754236.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leigh Ann Wheeler, author
Binghamton University, Associate Professor of History