THE WIT AND WISDOM OF MARY WHITEHOUSE

Mary Whitehouse stepped onto the public stage 50 years ago in 1964. To some she was the guardian of Christian family values, to others a self-appointed busybody. She spent decades campaigning for a responsible media and against harmful material. Ironically much of what we know about her views has come to us filtered by the media itself. This is Mary Whitehouse in her own words taken from the books she wrote during her lifetime.


January 2014

No other age has exploited violent crime, as ours does, by constantly exploiting it as entertainment.”

Mightier Than The Sword, 1985

There is far more overt, than direct, sex education.”

Whatever Happened to Sex, 1977

I emphasise the need for everyone – wherever they stand on the spectrum of taste and standards to make his or her voice heard.”

Whatever Happened to Sex, 1977.”

“We have created a candy-floss society in which the young can find little of hard substance on which to cut teeth of conviction.”

Cleaning Up TV, 1967

“We shall raise a generation which either grasps at sex as a physical lust or treats it simply as a passing fancy, no more.”

Quite Contrary, 1993

The censorship of fact whether political or civil is indefensible”

Who Does She Think She Is, 1971

“Broadcasters should not take their decisions in a social vacuum.”

Quite Contrary, 1993

“If women are most frequently shown as cheap, self-interested and superficial, such an image will come to be accepted as the norm”

Cleaning Up TV, 1967

“The creative growth of a society, and its stability, depend on the willingness of the individual to accept responsibility for his behaviour.”

Who Does She Think She Is, 1971

“The new libertarians are, in fact, the new tyrants.  They launch an assault upon the senses and freedom of the individual which is the essence of the worst kind of dictatorship.”

Who Does She Think She Is, 1971

“Those who think that the increasing acceptance of obscenities is simply part of an evolving contemporary society are being dangerously naive.”

A Most Dangerous Woman, 1982

“Because it is such a powerful and all-pervasive medium, TV is bound to play a key role in creating the quality of life we all experience.”

Mightier Than The Sword, 1985

“Today our society ruthlessly exploits the minds and emotions of young people for financial and political capital.”

Quite Contrary, 1993

“Sex is wonderful!  It’s our life force and our existence as human beings depends on it.”

What Ever Happened to Sex, 1977

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