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
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)

(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.

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Carol Williams
Jan 16, 2014 5:51 AM CST
If her child doesn't know anything about her genitalia before age 12 that tells me enough about her family life. She hasn't been given any adequate advise for her own protection apparently either.
squiggysmom1
Oct 25, 2013 4:13 PM CDT
Unless Anne Frank used the word "c**t", I think we can safely say that she was simply using the proper scientific words to describe her genitalia. Add to that the fact that she was NOT describing a sexual act or even the sexual function of her genitalia and it is apparent she was describing it in the same manner any completely innocent 13-year-old of that era might describe her knees. It's funny how often "pure of heart" Christians see only the evil in everything. No wonder her child felt "uncomfortable" reading the book. She has been taught to be ashamed of her body parts.
KristinPhilips
May 4, 2013 7:55 PM CDT
Gail did not call the book by Anne Frank “pornographic.” The point Gail made was that parents need to be notified before their children are given materials in the classroom that contain sensitive issues. Then, parents can decide whether or not the material is appropriate for their child. In this case, the teacher decided to go ahead using the UNEDITED version without informing parents. Who gave the teacher the right to make assumptions? Did this un-edited version go through a proper vetting process?? We, as parents, receive permission slips for field trips and movies that may be PG, PG-13, or R rated – so why did that not happen in this case? The administration is at fault. All books must go through a vetting process before they are used in a classroom. The teacher failed the parents and the parents in turn have EVERY right to complain. This is not about book banning or book burning or anti-Semitism or anthing else this family has been wrongly accused of in the media. This mother’s daughter approached her and told her she felt uncomfortable reading the material. What good mother would not step in at this point? The vicious media has created lies about this woman and called her filthy names. Well, I applaud Gail for listening to her daughter’s needs and bringing it to the attention of the school administration so that other parents would be notified, as well. Where are the other parents in the community of Northville, Michigan? Why in the world are they not supporting this woman in her attempt to give the rights back to parents??? Let parents decide what is best for their children. Anne Frank’s father made a decision when he read her diary and created an edited version. I sure wouldn’t want children reading MY diary without some of my innermost private thoughts edited…