Schools Pull Anne Frank’s Diary From Curricula Because of “Vagina” Passage

Jan 29, 2010 • Books, Culture, Freedom, News

“There are little folds of skin all over the place, you can hardly find it,” wrote Anne Frank in her famous diary. “The little hole underneath is so terribly small that I simply can’t imagine how a man can get in there, let alone how a whole baby can get out!”

This, according to the Washington Post is the passage that caused Culpepper County, Virginia, school public officials to pull the book from the shelves.

This passage is present in the Definitive Edition of Anne Frank’s memoir, written between 1942 and 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands during World War II.

This book is usually assigned to eighth-graders.

“What we have asked is that this particular edition will not be taught,” said Jim Allen, director of instruction for the school system. “I don’t want to make a big deal out of this. So we listened to the parent and we pulled it.”

The book will still be taught; the original work published by the girl’s father, Otto Frank, was heavily edited before publication in 1947, eliminating young Frank’s criticism of other people living in the Annex and all her discussions about sexuality.

It wasn’t until the 50th anniversary of Anne Frank’s death, in 1995, that the Anne Frank Foundation published the unedited, definitive version, which contains the passage. From now on, the edited version free of these passages will be used.

“I’m happy when parents get involved with these things because it lets me know that they are really looking and have their kids’ best interest (in mind). And that’s where good parenting and good teaching comes in,” Allen said.

Sex is evil! Water it down! Cut it away! Sanitize everything there is to read about it! Come on, world! This will definitely help our children grow up informed and aware!

If our sarcasm isn’t clear in the above statement, we’ll make it clear: we here at Sex and the 405 do not approve of this move.

I would also like to take this moment to thank my parents for sending me to private schools all of my life, most of which were run by super-progressive heretics.

Image from Information from The Star Exponent and The Washington Post, via Eric Ludzenski.

  • Kyrka

    Never underestimate the power of large groups of stupid people.

  • Robert

    The pathetic part is that this is the kind of stuff that kids need to encounter in order to grow into their sexuality. The fact that other children are curious and confused about their bodies is probably a good thing to share around, so each and every kid doesn’t think they’re alone.

    And, Christ, we’re assigning this book to EIGHTH GRADERS. 25% of the kids will had sex within a year or two of the book being assigned: Maybe at that point in kids’ lives, we can at least acknowledge the fact with our children that penises and vaginas exist, and that they’re sexual organs.

    But, no. The bubble-wrapped universe of literature we trap our children in can’t handle even the smallest sharp edge of reality.

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  • Rosie

    Indeed, Robert, most of those 8th graders will have sex soon. I knew a handful of girls I graduated 8th grade with who had babies as I sat through my freshman year of high school. Sexuality is not something that should be swept under the rug, and the satisfaction of curiosity about such a topic should, if parents want to avoid having pregnant high school freshmen, be available in school.