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Angry Minnesota Mother Calls for Removal of "Pornographic" Anne Frank Diary

Posted by on Apr. 26, 2013 at 7:10 PM
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Angry Minnesota Mother Calls for Removal of "Pornographic" Anne Frank Diary

 

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By Oliver Jenkins, Fri, April 26, 2013

An enraged Minnesota mother is calling Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl - a literary work considered by many scholars to be one of the best books of the 20th century - too inappropriate and "pornographic" for middle school students.

Gail Horalek, of Northville, MI, has filed a formal complaint against her daughter's school district alleging several passages of the reading are too graphic for seventh graders.

"The problem is the school is giving the seventh graders inappropriate material and not explaining it to the parents," Horalek told the Northville Patch.

"If they watch any kind of movie with a swear word in it, I have to sign a permission slip," she said in reference to the school's policy, which includes sending permission slips home to parents if children are scheduled to read books or view movies that may contain inappropriate material.

The unedited version of the diary, which was first published in 1996, includes several passages during which Frank writes about the discovery of her genitalia in some detail - an area Horalek described as "pornographic" in nature.

She said she only became aware of the book's sexual passages after her daughter confessed the reading made her uncomfortable. According to Horlaek, many other parents were also unaware of the passages.

Although Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl has often been a mandatory source of reading for students across the country - and world - the Minnesota mother is now calling for the books removal from her daughter's middle school.

"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 said. "She just thinks that such graphic details aren't necessary to grasp the devastation of the holocaust."

This isn't the first time Anne Frank's diary has raised controversy. In 2010, Culpeper County public school in Virginia stopped assigning the uncensored version of the tome due to extra passages that detail Frank's own emerging sexual desires and "unflattering descriptions of her mother and other people living together."

Sources: The Inquisitr, The Northville Patch, The Washington Post

by on Apr. 26, 2013 at 7:10 PM
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Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Apr. 26, 2013 at 7:12 PM
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Oh.. holy fucking shit...

What is wrong with people? 


wirehangers
by on Apr. 26, 2013 at 7:26 PM
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I read this book as a kid.It's an important part of history.The only thing I remember making me uncomfortable was the whole HOLOCAUST thing.I hope this woman and her child never have to see National Geographic or watch a documentary about people starving in other countries.They might see a boob.

meriana
by Platinum Member on Apr. 26, 2013 at 7:28 PM
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Good grief, I read that book when I was in 5th grade. So because her daughter was "uncomfortable" with some passages, and she considers it pornagraphic in nature, no other middle school kids should be able to check it out from their school library?  These attempts at getting books taken off the library shelves are rediculous and sad.

armyvet06
by Member on Apr. 26, 2013 at 7:31 PM
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Does she not realize that that was a major part if history? I remember reading that when I was in school plus watching the movie. I think everyone needs to read it. Yes it does get graphic but children need to learn about it.
meriana
by Platinum Member on Apr. 26, 2013 at 7:48 PM
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armyvet06Member on Apr. 26, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Does she not realize that that was a major part if history? I remember reading that when I was in school plus watching the movie. I think everyone needs to read it. Yes it does get graphic but children need to learn about it.
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It's almost funny, if it wasn't so sad, that these days kids in 8th grade have already learned about such things as condoms, birth control, etc. and how to use them, they see very graphic images in movies and on T.V. and yet a book like The Diary of Anne Frank which details the life of a young girl in hiding due to the horrors being inflicted on people, her entrance into puberty and awareness of her body is considered TOO graphic and pornagraphic in nature. Wonder if that woman opted her daughter OUT of sex ed classes.
desertlvn
by Silver Member on Apr. 26, 2013 at 7:53 PM
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And this is why teaching exhausts me. I can't even begin to explain how crazy all the parent interactions are. Crazy.

TCgirlatheart
by TC on Apr. 26, 2013 at 7:58 PM
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FTR. This is NOT MN, but MI. Not that we don't have our share of irrational people, this one isn't "ours". lol
GLWerth
by Gina on Apr. 26, 2013 at 8:38 PM
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There are always people who want to ban books.

Maybe she should ask that her precious snowflake read "Dick and Jane" instead of anything that requires thought, so she's never offended.

Rbrown72707
by on Apr. 26, 2013 at 8:41 PM
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I read this, but I must have read the censored virgin - I mean version:)  I think I'd remember Anne Frank writing about her lady partssurprised

MrsImperfect
by Bronze Member on Apr. 26, 2013 at 8:44 PM
Same here. I dont remember reading that part either

Quoting Rbrown72707:

I read this, but I must have read the censored virgin - I mean version:)  I think I'd remember Anne Frank writing about her lady partssurprised

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