Jam rag red flag for Mediawatch-UK

Jam rags and pile cream: Unnecessary and not particularly helpful

Smut campaigners Mediawatch-UK have been tempted back into the spotlight (well, The Daily Mail) by the inappropriate use of a slang term for sanitary towels in one the the country’s leading soaps.

Director Vivienne “Nanny” Pattison got the call after some complaints had been made about the phrase “jam rags” appearing on a chalk-board in Emmerdale. She rose to the occasion with a deftness of touch worthy of her predecessor “Massah” John Beyer:

Clearly whoever wrote that knew exactly what they were doing, and they certainly didn’t need to,

she began, ambiguously.

It’s not a particularly helpful phrase to refer to sanitary towels as “jam rags” , and it is unnecessary.

It didn’t need to be there at all.

There we have it. Mediawatch-UK has come a long way since the hard campaigning days of Mary Whitehouse. No longer is it the nation’s conscience, standing up for Christian righteousness in the face of a liberal media elite. It has become the leading voice in the fight against the not particularly helpful.

Because research shows that if children are exposed to the not particularly helpful every day in the media, they will grow up to be not-particularly-helpful adults.

4 Responses to “Jam rag red flag for Mediawatch-UK”

  1. barriejohn says:

    Once upon a time, no one in films ever had to go to the toilet! How strange, though, that these prissy guardians of public morals ALWAYS know what these slang terms mean!!

  2. Jon B says:


  3. Stonyground says:

    So, someone in the props department was instructed to put up a menu board and thought that they would have a bit of a laugh with it. I presume that they would have been pretty disappointed if there had not been at least some ‘billy no life’ morons to provide a reaction.

  4. You can say that almost anything in a piece of fiction is “not particularly helpful”, but it’s part of life. Kids have called these things jam rags for as long as I can remember, and that’s going back a bit. Part of the creative process is adding believability.