April 29, 2013
Is The Diary of Anne Frank pornographic?
One mother in Northville, Mich., believes so and even went so far as to file formal complaint with her child's middle school, according to local news reports.
The following passage from the The Definitive Edition of the Diary of a Young Girl is the main reason why the mom is so outraged by the famous work:
"Until I was 11 or 12, I didn't realize there was a second set of labia on the inside, since you couldn't see them. What's even funnier is that I thought urine came out of the clitoris."
"When you're standing up, all you see from the front is hair."
"Between your legs there are two soft, cushiony things, also covered with hair, which press together when you're standing, so you can't see what's inside."
"They separate when you sit down and they're very red and quite fleshy on the inside. In the upper part, between the outer labia, there's a fold of skin that, on second thought, looks like a kind of blister."
"That's the clitoris."
Because of this, the woman wants the book yanked from the curriculum, but insists this "doesn?t mean my child is sheltered" or she lives in a bubble.
?If they watch any kind of movie with a swear word in it, I have to sign a permission slip,? Horalek adds, believing she should have had that option here.
The Northville School District said in response that there is a committee in place to review such complaints and it will do so at the appropriate time.
This is not the first time the The Diary of Anne Frank has drawn harsh criticism from parents because of its passages that are explicit about sexuality.
Furthermore, some say it is simply too depressing for students.
Anne Frank died in March 1945 in a concentration camp and posthumously became perhaps the most famous victim of the Holocaust through her diary.
The only good thing to come out of this heated school debate? The Justin Bieber Anne Frank Museum guest book controversy seems tame by comparison.
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