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.

March 2014

“The story of broadcasting vividly highlights the power of those who have access to the media to make nonsense of the lessons of human experience.”

Quite Contrary, 1993

“In my view the people who are anti sex are the who people who exploit and depersonalise sex, who make sex and women properties for advertisement and commercialisation.”

Who Does She Think She Is, 1971

“The unthinkable has become the do-able and it is a very short step from the do-able to the done and from the done to be the done thing.”

Whatever Happened to Sex, 1977

“To reduce the act of love to an ugly obscenity is to demean the very essence of love.”

Quite Contrary, 1993

“The greatest danger, particularly to the young, is that we may come to accept as normal what is, in fact, exceptional and vile.”

Who Does She Think She Is, 1971

“It is important that we all take the trouble to praise what is good as well as criticise what is bad.”

The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword, 1985

“Anarchists acknowledge the power of the media to influence attitudes and behaviour, even if those immediately responsible for transmission and distribution still bury their heads in the golden sand.”

 Whatever Happened to Sex, 1967

“We have betrayed our young people into the hands of manipulators who exploit their immaturity and aimlessness for their own ends.”

Cleaning Up TV, 1967

“Our campaign was born out of our own personal and vivid experience of the impact of television on the young for whom we were responsible.”

Mightier Than The Sword, 1985

“If society accepts the free distribution and display of pornography then inevitably it will fall into the hands of children.”

Whatever Happened to Sex, 1967

“I have the dubious distinction of being the only British author to have a book publicly burned on television – in this country at any rate.”

A Most Dangerous Woman, 1982

“Communication without feedback is not communication.”

Who Does She Think She Is, 1971

“Gang bang suggests a romp – give a crime a jolly name and even depravity and multiple rape sounds fun.”

Whatever Happened to Sex, 1977

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