April 27, 2013 at 1:50 pm #86428
Is “The Diary of Anne Frank” pornographic? One mother in Northville believes so and she has filed a formal complaint with the school district, The Inquisitr reported today.
The following passage from the ‘The Definitive Edition of the Diary of a Young Girl’ is the main reason why the mother believes Anne Frank’s Diary is ‘pornographic.’
Until I was eleven or twelve, 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.”
The woman is now requesting that the book be removed from the curriculum. She says,“It doesn’t mean my child is sheltered, it doesn’t mean I live in a bubble and it doesn’t mean I’m trying to ban books.”
She stated the school should have sent a permission slip home for anything that contains inappropriate material.
“If they watch any kind of movie with a swear word in it, I have to sign a permission slip,” Horalek said.
Here’s what the Northville school district had to say about the matter:
Thank you for contacting me regarding a concern that was raised with you relative to the use of Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, a book used within the seventh grade English Language Arts Curriculum. Northville Public Schools uses an established process to review concerns brought forth related to instructional materials used within our schools. Parents are considered partners in their children’s learning and when concerns surface they are encouraged to communicate with the classroom teacher and building principal to resolve those issues. If the parent is not satisfied with the response at the building level, a committee consisting of parents, teachers, media specialists, and administrators will be assembled to review the concerns expressed by the parent using the Citizen’s Request for Reconsideration of Materials Procedure.
Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services
This is not the first time the “The Diary of Anne Frank” has drawn stiff criticism from parents. Back in 2010, a school district in Virginia withdrew the publication from its program. Reason: not anti-Semitism, but because it contained passages that were too explicit about sexuality.
Furthermore, according to Amazon.com, it is one of the most banned books in school because it is considered “too depressing for students “.
Anne Frank died in March 1945 in the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen and became the most famous victim of the Holocaust through her diary. She wrote the diary during World War II while she was hiding from the Nazi movement with her family in Amsterdam.
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