Mom Wants 'Diary of Anne Frank' Banned From Schools Because It's Too Sexy (??!!)

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A Michigan mom has filed a complaint with her school district, saying that a book that contains "pornographic" material should be removed from the schools. Golly gee whiz, did Fifty Shades make it into a school library somewhere?! Uhh, not quite. The "pornographic" book that got this mom's knickers in a twist? The Diary of Anne Frank. Yep, there is actually a mom somewhere who thinks that a diary by a 15-year-old girl detailing the horrors of the Holocaust is too dirty for her daughter to read -- but not because of the mass killings of the Jews, but because Anne mentioned her private parts!

Mom of seventh grader Gail Horalek was embarrassed when her daughter brought home the unedited version of Anne Frank and spotted this E.L. James-worthy passage (that's sarcasm):

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.

She said ... she said ... WHAT?? -- ahhh!! I can't even repeat it. Hey, is this the same mom who complained about the biology teacher who used the word "vagina"? Says Gail to the Northville Patch:

The problem is the school is giving the seventh graders inappropriate material and not explaining it to the parents.

And she's NOT talking about the mass killings! That's the part that floors me.

So let's see ... Gail's daughter is in seventh grade, which makes her 12 to 14 years old. At this age, she is apparently is old enough to learn all about the horrors of the Holocaust -- how millions of men, women, and children were rounded up and sent into gas chambers -- but she is somehow not old enough to hear about the female genitalia. Frankly, I would rather my child read an entire book about the vagina than one passage about the Holocaust -- because I would prefer that the Holocaust had never happened! But it DID. And children should know this.

Ugh, poor Anne Frank has had quite a month. First, Justin Bieber hopes she's a belieber. Now some mom thinks Anne was smutty and pornographic.

Maybe Gail's child can be removed to a class that doesn't ask students to read the classics. She can watch Disney cartoons all day or something. That should prepare her for the real world (sarcasm again).

Do you think this mom is right or wrong?


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Serab... Serabelle

Mom is a crazy bitch. Um, your daughter is 12/13, chances are that she has hair already, and probably has had her first period by this point. Reading about the anatomy of her own body shouldn't concern you, it's not like Anne Frank was talking about masturbation, or sex! Get over it, stop trying to shelter your kid from what they probably already know! I can't stand parents that try rp censor schools, I find it disgusting.

nonmember avatar blh

My only issue with the book is this. That was a diary of a real girl, published without her permission and I've read it there ate extremely personal things in there. Her own father didn't want the unedited version published. Id be rolling in my grave if someone published my diary is kept as a kid. I think its an invasion of privacy.

Vegeta Vegeta

I also disagree with publishing personal things without consent, but it's a little late now to retract that book. Although thats not the issue of this article. I don't think this mom knows the difference between anatomical facts and pornography, which is a huge disadvantage to her and her kids (if at 12-14 she doesn't know what her own undercarriage looks like/how it works). Would they be allowed to take a biology class? People will complain about everything. (disney isn't safe from ridicule either lol)

nonmember avatar kaerae

This woman is living in a fantasy world if she think her 12-year-old kid hasn't "discovered" this about herself already. God forbid she reads a book that makes her think she's normal...

Caera Caera

This "mother" is a freaking idiot. Stupid, stupid bitch.

nonmember avatar Lolabrigida

This poor kid is going to be far more traumatized by her mother publicly campaigning against genitalia than by anything she reads in a book...poor kid is gonna have to transfer schools!

PonyC... PonyChaser

ONCE AGAIN, we are not given the REAL story. Go read the linked story (and not that "newser" crap. Here's the link.) And here are some quotes from the actual story:

"If they watch any kind of movie with a swear word in it, I have to sign a permission slip," she said.

After the class had been reading it for a week, Horalek said her daughter told her she didn't want to read the book anymore because it made her uncomfortable. Horalek thought it might be because of the book's depressing nature in regards to the Holocaust. But her daughter said that wasn't why and gave Horalek the page numbers for the graphic passages.

This particular material is inappropriate for seventh grade students to read, especially without their parents' knowledge, Horalek said.

So it's not that she wants Diary of Anne Frank banned, she wants the unedited version either removed from the curriculum, or she wants a note to go home to the parents before the kids read it. And it's not this mom being a "crazy bitch", a "stupid bitch", or a "freaking idiot" or that her daughter is ridiculously sheltered. It's that the mother would like for the school to have a consistent policy in regards to the material that the kids are exposed to.


PonyC... PonyChaser

I suspect that if the edited version of the book had been given to the daughter to read, the mother would have been fine with it, as evidenced by this quote from the linked story:

"She had two books to choose from and she chose 'The Diary of Anne Frank' and I thought that was awesome," she said.

nonmember avatar kaere

Comparing biology and anatomy to profanity is stupid. Profanity is no normally allowed in school, hence the permission slip. Biology/anatomy are allowed in school, so no permission slip needed for very clinical description of he human body.

nonmember avatar MammaMel

Reading the real article makes this seem less dramatic. Also, while this is a great book and gives us a great glimpse into history (and yes I read it when I was in 3rd grade, I've been to Anne's hiding place, etc.) I would hardly call it a literary classic.

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