Ban This Filth!: Letters From the Mary Whitehouse Archive Hardcover – 1 Nov 2012
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A splendidly entertaining book... finds the morality campaigner comically wrong on many matters but impressively prescient about pornography and paedophile TV personalities.' --Mark Lawson, Guardian Books of the Year
Hilarious but timely selection of letters for the Mary Whitehouse archive. -- The Sunday Times 'Must Read'
In Ban This Filth!, Ben Thompson unveils the filth and the fury from the Mary Whitehouse archive! The birth of British pop culture and the swinging sixties told through outraged letters and angry campaigns.See all Product Description
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Her main motivation seemed to be that of a nurturing parent desperately trying to rescue errant children in order to retain their innocence and prevent them destroying their souls.From the late 1960's onwards Western culture started going down a weird path. This was due to our lawmakers adopting policies at odds with the ethical concerns which Christendom had long supported. The Liberal MP David Steel championed the Abortion Act into our legal system and then the contraceptive pill became widely available for women. Media influence then started up with intermittent, and later constant, anti-establishment messages via satirical TV programmes.Many of these programmes encouraged the viewing audience to be contemptuous of Mrs Whitehouse and her concerns.
The 'new' establishment wanted people to view her as a fool for tirelessly trying to diagnose what was happening to national standards,they were having a field day ridiculing religion and morality and they resented her perceived Victorian tea party interference.They would tolerate nothing less than uncritical acceptance of the new and preferred ideology.
She comes across as a lady with old school (right school) values who stood firm in the face of increasing perversion and wasn't respected for her efforts.I feel the author of this book has,albeit subtly,taken the well trodden and easy option of jumping on the derision mockery bandwagon.
"Subversive and committed,one doesn't close the book feeling Whitehouse was a crank,but instead wondering why no one else high profile has appeared in her place" The Catholic Herald.
Anyway, this is a highly entertaining read which tells you a lot about the state of British culture in the 70s and 80s, about the British right of the same period - and about just how ghastly some of the bien pensant cultural panjundrums of the era could be.
Early on, we are told that if Mrs Whitehouse and her ‘proper, Christian course’ had got its way, ‘our artistic heritage would have been immeasurably impoverished.’It seems easy to believe. Dr. Who, Whitehouse informed the world, was ‘teatime brutality for tots’. Pinky and Perky was no good – it encouraged bullying. All non-religious music encouraged anarchy. (Alice Cooper was kind enough to send Whitehouse a thank you after her protests about the song ‘Schools Out’ ensured its success.) People had the sheer disregard to say ‘bloody’ on national television; they went even further beyond the pale by referring to pre-marital sex. Some – the truly, utterly damned – not only referred to oral sex, but actually admitted it was rather nice. The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour was so ‘filthy’ that Whitehouse pulled out all the stops to guarantee it was never broadcast on TV, and almost succeeded. The Kenny Everett Show was a dangerous ‘bridge’ that led people ‘from adult pornography to child pornography’. Everywhere, TV shows mocked the Christian religion through its dogged refusal to advertise for it. Even the news was no good - no matter what atrocity one faction committed, if they happened to be anti-Soviet, showing it would fatally sap the nation’s morale.
Mrs Whitehouse’s acolytes in the National Viewers and Listeners Association (NVLA) are given their own time on the stage.Read more ›
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The title 'Ban This Filth!' of this 2012 book ('Edited by Ben Thompson', published by faber and faber) is misleading. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Rerevisionist
If you know about Mary Whitehouse in todays society it`s hard not to see where she was coming from. Back in the 60`s/70s though she came across as a bit of a crackpot. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2014 by Michael Agate
In days of yore appearances by Mary Whitehouse on television complaining about this, that and the other (mostly the other) tended to be occasions for mirth and lampooning, but... Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2014 by Eugene Onegin
Mary Whitehouse's gifts for publicity and propaganda were far-reaching indeed.The fact that she pushed a very right-wing,evangelical Christian view of the world (think the US Moral... Read morePublished on 2 Dec. 2013 by Franz Bieberkopf
I bought this for a friend, I must say as I thought it would be quite funny given the focus on the correspondence. Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2013 by Marts
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