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.

Mary Whitehouse in Print

Mary Whitehouse 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.

 

Cleaning Up TV

Cleaning up TVFrom Protest to Participation
Mary Whitehouse
1967

Mary Whitehouse was the co-founder of the Clean-Up TV Campaign in 1964.    The campaign became a focus for the dissatisfaction and uneasiness of the thousands of ordinary people unhappy with much that was on television.

This is story of how the campaign took shape and developed.  It also includes Mary Whitehouse’s thoughts on some of the constructive ways in which televsion could be used.

Who Does She Think She IsWho Does She Think She is?

Mary Whitehouse
1971

Mary Whitehouse writes about her experience as someone who is prepared to set no limit upon her commitment to society.

Whatever Happened to Sex?

Whatever Happened to SexMary Whitehouse
1977

Mary Whitehouse sets out in full her passionately held views on sex and how it has been deformed and cheapened in modern society.  She castigates not only ‘sexperts and pornocrats’ but also churchmen, educationalists, parents, politicians and TV bosses for failing to provide moral leadership.

‘How much of her critique is justified?  The honest answer is, a great deal’
The Times

Dangerous WomanA Most Dangerous Woman

Mary Whitehouse
1982

Some regard Mary Whitehouse as ‘a most dangerous woman’ and others as the last bastion of morality.  In this book Mary Whitehouse reveals the personal cost of her campaigns and emerges as a deeply caring person, a woman of faith, humour and exceptional courage.

Mightier than the Sword

Mightier Than the SwordMary Whitehouse
1985

How much do we want to see things change?  Are we concerned that apathy tells the world we don’t really care?

If you want to influence those who have the power to bring change, this sbook will give you information and the hope you need.  Mary Whitehouse shows how petitions and letters are read and acted upon, and that major change will not come until many more people stand up and speak out for the sake of decency.

Quite Contrary

Quote ContraryMary Whitehouse
1993

For thirty relentless years Mary Whitehouse campaigned to clean up the media, often in the teeth of harsh vilification.  But as time went on many began to wonder whether ‘The Queen of Clean’ wasn’t right all along.  In this autobiography Mary Whitehouse gives her own account of those extraordinary times, of the bitter frustrations and disappointments, determination and Christian faith which kept her going.  She also tells of her exciting triumphs and the fun and encouragement she encountered along the way.

Ban This Filth

Ban this FilthLetters from the Mary Whitehouse Archive
Ben Thompson
2012

Caricatured while she lived as a figure of middle-brow reaction, Mary Whitehouse was held in contempt by the country’s intellectual elite.  But were some of the dangers she warned of more real then they imagined.  Ben Thompson’s selection of material from Mary Whitehouse’s extraordinary archive show her legacy in a new light.

 ‘A splendidly entertaining book… impressively prescient about pornography and paedophile TV personalities.’
Mark Lawson, Guardian Books of the Year