Writing in Radio Times, the presenter said: 'The liberal mood back in the 60s was that sex was pleasurable and wholesome and shouldn't be seen as dirty and wicked. The Pill allowed women to make choices for themselves. Of course, that meant the risk of making the wrong choice. But we all hoped girls would grow to handle the new freedoms wisely.Another innocent abroad. "Everything has been about money" - or in earlier centuries, power, forever - but that tendency used to be heavily moderated/controlled by Christianity - which was why we didn't send the mill-girls up the chimneys on a Sunday. What did she think would happen when that went ? The Age of Aquarius ?
Then everything came to be about money: so now sex is about money, too. Why else sexualise the clothes of little girls, run TV channels of naked wives, have sex magazines edging out the serious stuff on newsagents' shelves? It's money that's corrupted us and women are being used and are even collaborating.
I never thought I would hear myself say as much, but "I'm with Mrs Whitehouse on this one".'
Joan Bakewell is a Dame of the British Empire that she so heartily detested while it existed. Mrs Whitehouse never picked up any gongs or public appointments for her work, while even the grubbiest leftie careerist gets an OBE. I guess we get what we deserve.
As I said of Humphrys :
If you have no religious perspective and sex is a pleasant leisure activity, why should you not explore its dimensions, watching, participating, selling, buying ? After all, these dimensions have been around for a very long time. Mrs Whitehouse would have been well aware of these issues. As time passes the Humphrys view (1960s version) looks more and more out of touch with reality, and the Whitehouse version more and more realistic and worldly.