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.

August 2014

We cannot indefinitely feed perverted fantasy without taking into account its inevitable effects upon social behaviour.”

 Whatever Happened to Sex, 1977

“A society which exploits its young, for whatever purpose, has in it the seeds of its own destruction”

“Wherever there is censorship of fact then control moves from the democratic process to a hidden and unrecognised dictatorship.”

Who Does She Think She Is, 1971

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

Whatever Happened to Sex, 1977

“Public sex is a restriction of our private freedom;  it offends the personal privacy which is an essential part of the rights of the individual.”

A Most Dangerous Woman, 1982

It is of considerable importance to the future of our society that women should be worthy of honour & respect & should be seen to be worthy.”

Cleaning Up TV, 1967

“A kind of tug-of-war has developed between viewers and the BBC; on the one hand public anxiety, on the other the apparent determination to ignore it.”

A Most Dangerous Woman, 1982

“It is unrealistic to imagine that laws which allow the distribution of porn for adults can, at the same time, ensure that children are not corrupted.”

Quite Contrary, 1993

“If foul words are normalised through consistent use then that reserve of abuse for extreme cases of anger is removed and the use of actual violence in moments of anger become even more likely.”

Quite Contrary, 1993

“In no way is it possible to exonerate the moguls of film & TV from a vast share of the blame for what is happening in society today.”

Whatever Happened to Sex, 1977

“We need to bear in mind how potent a vehicle for change television is.”

Mightier Than The Sword, 1985


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