Well, we’re not going to believe anyone who says anything this damn silly, are we?
Thatcher’s home secretary, Lord Leon Brittan,
Someone who doesn’t know the difference between a politician who will be granted a Life Peerage in the future and the junior son of a Duke is unlikely to entirely grasp all the nuances of the British system really, are they?
A trove of new documents released by the National Archives in the U.K. have unveiled that the Iron Lady once considered a law banning sex toys (i.e. dildos, butt plugs, nipple clamps, metal chastity devices and just about every adult toy you can imagine) in an effort to promote “public decency” and prevent “physical injury.”
The documents reveal the former prime minister was persuaded to consider the law by notorious antifeminist, antigay, anti-television, anti-obscenity, anti-everything campaigner Mary Whitehouse.
Thatcher’s home secretary, Lord Leon Brittan, wrote to his boss in September 1986 about Whitehouse’s “strong case” for banning sex toys under the 1959 Obscene Publications Act, the same law used to prosecute the publisher of DH Lawrence’s classic romance novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
So, arguably, sex toys, or certain sex toys, were in fact illegal under the law as it was.
In response, Thatcher requested Brittan prepare a test which would allow lawmakers to set a new bar for measuring what was indecent. After mulling it over for a bit, Brittan replied that trying to measure that sort of thing would be too complex a concept for the courts to litigate over and the plan was swiftly abandoned.
The news of Mrs. Thatcher’s war on sex toys…
That’s not the news of Maggie’s war on sex toys. That’s the news of Maggie, umm, “sending the idea back for consultation”. Which, translated out of British governmentspeak is “Do stop being a fool Leon and by the way, bugger Mary Whitehouse”.
War on sex toys my arse.