Middle School Mom: Censor 'Pornographic' Anne Frank

Gail Horalek not happy with discussion of sex organs in book

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 29, 2013 4:28 PM CDT

(Newser) – A Michigan mom is upset over the "pornographic" material her 7th-grade daughter was assigned to read: The Diary of Anne Frank. Gail Horalek made the porn comparison because, in the full and unedited version of the book, Frank writes about her genitalia, the Christian Post explains. Horalek filed a formal complaint with the school district, and says the school should remove the book, use the edited version, or at least have parents sign a permission slip before making kids read the unedited version. Fox 2 Detroit offers up the offending passage, which reads in part:

  • "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."
Horalek says she discovered the material when her daughter read it and told her mother it made her uncomfortable. "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," Horalek tells the Northville Patch.

Anne Frank poses in 1941 in this photo made available by Anne Frank Fonds/ Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, June 11, 2009.
Anne Frank poses in 1941 in this photo made available by Anne Frank Fonds/ Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Thursday, June 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/ Anne Frank Fonds/ Anne Frank House/ Frans Dupont, HO)
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