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    Anne Frank's Diary Too 'Pornographic' For 7th-Grade Students, Claims Michigan Parent

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    Anne Frank's Diary Too 'Pornographic' For 7th-Grade Students, Claims Michigan Parent
    The Huffington Post | By Meredith Bennett-Smith
    Posted: 04/29/2013 5:30 pm EDT | Updated: 04/29/2013 5:37 pm EDT

    Since being published in the Netherlands in 1947, "The Diary of Anne Frank" has become a staple in American classrooms. But that may be changing for students at Northville school district in Michigan, where a parent claims a version of the book is "pornographic" and too explicit for some middle school students.

    Last week, Gail Horalek filed a formal complaint with the district, alleging that "Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (The Definitive Edition)" is an inappropriate version of the real-life tale of a Jewish family hiding from Nazis during the Holocaust, according to Patch Northville (which, like The Huffington Post, is owned by Aol).

    Speaking with Detroit-based Fox 2 News, Horalek objects to passages in the diary's unedited version that describe Anne Frank exploring her own anatomy -- passages that Horalek says made her daughter uncomfortable.

    "It's pretty graphic, and it's pretty pornographic for seventh-grade boys and girls to be reading," Horalek told Fox 2. "It's inappropriate for a teacher to be giving this material out to the kids when its really the parents' job to give the students this information."

    The unedited version of Anne Frank's diary is a part of the seventh-grade language arts curriculum at Meads Mill Middle School, where Horalek's daughter attends, according to Patch Northville.

    Robert Behnke, assistant superintendent for Instructional Services for Northville Public Schools told Patch the district is following procedure regarding the complaint.

    Horalek maintains that the school should have asked before assigning the book, according to a follow-up story in Patch.

    "If they watch any kind of movie with a swear word in it, I have to sign a permission slip," she said. "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."

    In 2010, a Virginia school district quietly decided to stop using the "Definitive Edition" in eighth-grade classrooms after a parent complained, according to The Washington Post. Culpepper County Public Schools director of instruction said at the time that district's teachers would use an edited version in the classroom.

    The Nation reports that the complaint in Culpepper had to do with a passage in which Anne describes her vagina. However, The Nation also noted that "The Diary of Anne Frank" did not make the American Library Association's (ALA) top 10 list for books banned in American schools between 1990 and 1999.
    I put it here because it seems to be a debatable topic. I haven't read the new version with Anne Frank's more intimate and personal diary entries but I remember hearing it on the news when they were released by a relative, I think it was in the mid to late 90's.

    If you read the newer version did you find it "pornographic" and do you think it's inappropriate for 7th graders? Like I said I haven't read it so I don't know what all it contains but from my understanding it's about going through puberty and some kids at that age probably have seen worse on the internet already. I plan to read it so I know what it's talking about.
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    I haven't read it but I'm sure it doesn't contain anything that a 7th grader hasn't already seen/heard/done.
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    I didn't know there were some "unedited" versions of the book, so when I first saw an article about this, I was really confused I didn't remember reading any of the stuff the mom mentioned. Maybe I should read it.

    ETA: I don't know about the school district they live in, but isn't 7th grade about average for kids to take a health class/sex ed? I think that's when I took it. From what I read about what she's objecting too, it doesn't sound any different from something they might read about in health class I may be wrong since I haven't read that version of the book.
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    Bull fucking shit.
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    The passages ----WARNING only read on if you want to hear about female anatomy-----

    "There are little folds of skin all over the place, you can hardly find it. 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!"

    "...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…"

    It's no more descriptive than health or biology class and it doesn't have diagrams, so I don't see the big deal. That lady sounds like the kind who thinks that her 16 year old son doesn't think about sex.
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    I don't think it's anything a 7th grader hasn't seen on TV, heard in health class, or even experienced. As sad as the last part is to say. We hear about some of the activities that go on at the 7th grade parties and dances and it's crazy to think about. I don't think reading a book with a couple of descriptive passages in it is out of line.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katinahat View Post
    The passages ----WARNING only read on if you want to hear about female anatomy-----

    "There are little folds of skin all over the place, you can hardly find it. 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!"

    "...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…"

    It's no more descriptive than health or biology class and it doesn't have diagrams, so I don't see the big deal. That lady sounds like the kind who thinks that her 16 year old son doesn't think about sex.
    Sounds like the normal thoughts of an adolescent girl to me!
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    People are so damn ridiculous. I read her diary when I was around that age and I borrowed it from the library of my private catholic k-8 school. If its not too explicit for them, it should be ok for anybody to read.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katinahat View Post
    The passages ----WARNING only read on if you want to hear about female anatomy-----

    "There are little folds of skin all over the place, you can hardly find it. 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!"

    "...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…"

    It's no more descriptive than health or biology class and it doesn't have diagrams, so I don't see the big deal. That lady sounds like the kind who thinks that her 16 year old son doesn't think about sex.

    Thanks Kat! I didn't know there was an unedited version. I'm interested in reading it now though. I read the Diary when I was in 7th grade, not for school though, I was just a book worm. My grandmother would give me books she thought I should read.

    But I don't think it's innappropriate at all for 7th graders. Like a PP said, that's when we took sex ed class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katinahat View Post
    The passages ----WARNING only read on if you want to hear about female anatomy-----

    "There are little folds of skin all over the place, you can hardly find it. 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!"

    "...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…"

    It's no more descriptive than health or biology class and it doesn't have diagrams, so I don't see the big deal. That lady sounds like the kind who thinks that her 16 year old son doesn't think about sex.
    This isn't even remotely sexual or pornographic imo. It doesn't refer to sex whatsoever. She's describing what her body looks like and shit she finds weird about it. Which I am sure all girls have done around that age...
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