Banned Book of the Day – The Diary of Anne Frank

For being too pornographic:

Culpeper County public school officials have decided to stop assigning a version of Anne Frank’s diary, one of the most enduring symbols of the atrocities of the Nazi regime, after a parent complained that the book includes sexually explicit material and homosexual themes.

“The Diary of a Young Girl: the Definitive Edition,” which was published on the 50th anniversary of Frank’s death in a concentration camp, will not be used in the future, said James Allen, director of instruction for the 7,600-student system. The school system did not follow its own policy for handling complaints about instructional materials, Allen said.

16 Comments

  1. I thought it was about a young girl hiding from the Nazis with her family.
    I haven’t read it so could somebody clarify about what sexual themes there are in it?

  2. “I asked Jacque whether as a proof of our friendship we might feel one another’s breasts. Jacque refused. I also had a terrible desire to kiss Jacque and that I did. I go into ecstasies every time I see the naked figure of a woman, such as Venus in the Springer History of Art, for example. It strickes me sometimes as so wonderful and exquisite that I have difficulty not letting the tears roll down my cheeks.
    If only I had a girl friend!”- Anne Frank

  3. This decision is wrong on so many facets, it’s exhausting to even think of it.

    That’s a real-world book about a real-world person. That’s the whole point of it.

  4. i’m sick of hearing all this news about offended parents of school kids.

    easily offended people should be slapped and referred to as “bitches”.

  5. We can’t have children thinking that one of the most significant figures in history might have been a lesbian. They might get to thinking that it’s okay!

  6. Why can’t another random parent waltz into the picture and say that they are offended by the lack of this book being available for their child’s education? You can’t just go around banning things because one person doesn’t like it. Idiots of the 33rd degree indeed! *I’m going to read a book*

  7. If there is any sexuality in Anne Frank’s diary, it is both innocent and natural and in no way overshadows the larger pictures of this memoir. This story is a beautiful, educational classic and if there is a hint of young teen sexual curiosity within this story, it only adds to it. The children reading this book will be exposed to these things at some point in the near future if they haven’t already, and what better way to introduce them to these subjects than through a young, bright, female historical figure?

  8. Anne Frank wrote about things that every kid going through puberty struggles with: issues with parents, body changes, sexual feelings, confusion, loneliness. Kids of that same age read it and feel like maybe they aren’t so weird going through those same things. People who think they can shield children from what’s going on in their own bodies and minds are in for disappointment. However, the kids are the ones missing out.

  9. “Culpeper County public school…”

    “Cul” is French for ass. “Culpeper”? It’s a school where they peep at people’s butts!

    I am personally offended – that school must be closed down!

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