Here’s The ‘Pornographic’ Passage From The Diary Of Anne Frank That Lady Found So Offensive


Remember that silly mother in Detroit who wanted The Diary Of Anne Frank banned in schools because it contains descriptions of female genitalia that might be disturbing to students, as opposed to the rest of the things in that particular book? Of course you do. Well, we have obtained the objectionable passage, which comes from the new and unedited edition of Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl.

The passage is this:

“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.”

This passage is obviously inappropriate for preteens, because it alerts them to the existence of female genitals and even, dare I say it, the clitoris. That is supposed to be a secret! Before you know it, they’ll be exploring their own bodies and learning even more details about them, like the fact that it’s possible for human beings to gain pleasure from touching themselves in certain ways, or the fact that contraceptive use can be effective in preventing pregnancy and disease. Knowledge is dangerous!

This is especially ridiculous, considering the general idea behind having preteens read The Diary Of Anne Frank is to humanize the victims of the Holocaust and show that they were not so different from “us.” And what could be more universal than the gradual, slightly scary, discovery of one’s own sexual organs? I also find it a great example of Anne’s descriptive powers as a budding young writer. I’ve always wondered what great things she would have gone on to write, had she survived.

And this has already been said by others, but in what world is the existence of ladyparts, something most kids are probably already aware of, more disturbing or deforming than reading about some of the most terrifying manifestations of human evil the world has ever seen? A: a world in which people believe the book takes the correct stance on genocide (against), but not on knowing what’s between your legs (also against). In the mind of this woman, a girl’s vagina is to remain a mysterious no-no place until the day her husband introduces her to it for the first time. Luckily, it seems unlikely the Northville School Board is going to acquiesce.

(Via Jezebel)

Photo: The Diary Of Anne Frank

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    • CG

      That is actually a great description of a vagina.

      • Natalie

        I agree, it really is a great description. And I did NOT have this in my copy in the 90s, but by 7th grade we had already gone through the sex talk/sex education and did male/female anatomy. So, if we did have it in it, there would have definitely been some giggles, but it wouldn’t be new info. We did the sex talk as a class on a field trip in 5th grade. On a boat. I don’t know why we had to be on a boat, but it was lumped in with a science thing exploring the rivers in our area, and it actually made the whole sex part the least interesting part and made it that much less embarrassing. We had to get parent permission for that, but I think most parents were just glad they had a reason to start the sex convo. Anyway, what I am saying is…. 7th grade is mature enough to handle this, yes giggles, but probably not new info for anyone. And it’s a pretty good description and not vulgar or pornographic at all.

    • Cee

      Agreed! My girlfriend was saying “Well why does it need to be there, isn’t it about the Holocaust?” and I said “Do you think the diary is about her saying ‘Hi yes, this is Anne Frank, Im in the midst of a Holocaust, it is always so sad..sooo sad, I’m always so sad. Hitler is evil’?” No no. It is about a young girl being a young girl during this time. Yes, she does address the shittiness of her situation, but one of the reasons this book is read by young adults is for them to understand that she was just like any of them. She had dreams, thoughts about everything, she got angry, she laughed and she was scared DURING the Holocaust. The book IS meant to humanize people from that time and there is nothing as humanizing as finding out some tween discovered her own body.

      • Cori

        Since it’s not made up, I think it needs to be there because Anne put it there. Your friend’s argument might make sense if it was all made up, but cutting out things changes the truth of the book.

    • AnneinNY

      I remember reading Anne Frank’s diary in 7th grade English. This section wasn’t in the book (it was the 60′s). I learned a great deal about Anne and her family, and the Holocaust, and it was an important and essential topic then, as it is now, for our kids to know about, even without this section. I’m a liberal and I have to say, I agree with this mother. If the school district can’t allow kids to see a book with the word “shit” in it without parents’ permission, it surely hasn’t the permission to share a book with the words “vagina” and “clitoris” in it without permission. The district set the rules; the district needs to abide by the rules that it set. It’s not about freedom, it’s not about sex, it’s not about censorship. It’s about sticking with an agreement.

      • anna

        No, because that equates female anatomy with a dirty word, instead of it being a part of the body.

      • CMJ

        Neither vagina or clitoris is a slang term. To even compare them with the word shit is, frankly, a shitty thing for you to do.

      • Allie McC

        What’s dirty about female anatomy? You must have some serious sexual hangups. Yes, you are certainly advocating censorship. If you doubt it, look up the word, you moron.

      • Aga

        Rules are for goyem lady.

      • themadhatter

        so you state that this is an extremely important time period, yet advocate censoring passages of a diary written by one of the victims of the Holocaust, simply because you are offended by descriptions of things taught in seventh grade science class? Then you agree with this censorship, but then proclaim that you are not talking about censorship? And compare parts of a woman’s body to dung for good measure?
        Also, by your logic, the school district should not be able to let seventh graders read their science textbooks. After all,”vagina” and “clitoris” are mentioned.

    • Sariah

      Huh. That passage was NOT in the version I read in school! (I’m a 90′s child). In a way I’m kinda glad, mostly because all of the perverted pre-teen boys would have had a field day with it, and Anne deserves better than that. And really, the boys would have used this passage as ammo to make the girls in my class feel very uncomfortable – harassed even.

      I agree that parental permission needed to happen at that age. As evidenced by the behavior of many of the boys in my class (and surely some of the girls), they were not mature enough to handle it at the time.

      • Sariah

        I guess I should correct myself for lumping all of my male classmates into the “perverted pre-teen boys” group – there were many very kind boys who would have also been made to feel very uncomfortable by the raucous behavior of said boys.

    • J

      this was in the version i read in 2002 (not for school), and there was also a passage about hard it is “to get a finger in there” which i only remember because as a ten year old i was kind of weirded out, because at that age all genitalia are icky. there’s also talk about condoms (“prophylactics” was the word used in my copy’s translation)! but seriously she was stuck in a dingy attic from the start of puberty, and being curious and the writer she was, she’s obviously going to write about this stuff. i remember her writing about a book she read called Eva’s World and the eponymous character was so unaware about her body that she thought people gave birth by laying eggs; she then tried to do so herself but was surprised when “a sausage” came out instead. i really hope that people like the detroit mother aren’t trying to create a generation of Evas, because that’s a really shitty thing to do.

    • klunkerboy

      After reading that fairly technical examination, I think she could have gone into medicine had she survived the war.

    • Liz Pardue-Schultz

      What is wrong with our society when people are more offended by a young girl describing her discovery of her own body than the genocide that raged on in the streets outside her window?

    • mandy

      wow get over it the only shame is this woman raised her child to be ashamed

    • Everyman

      Just getting tired of the whoooooole holocaust industry…

    • themadhatter

      I completely love how you misspelled so many words in this spam text. It serves to really add to the authenticity of your statement. Just think, in a few decades people will look back on the great literature of today, including this insightful message, and marvel at the s*** we had to put up with in the relatively early days of the internet.

    • Cori

      Wow really? I’ll get right on it.

    • Ashley Cardiff

      I don’t understand how our spam filter isn’t catching these. …Maybe we should take more seriously?

    • Sean

      Maybe we should applie ťhe adviċe ať this siťe.