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Anne Frank Diary Called ‘Pornographic’ By Enraged Mother

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Northville, MI – Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl is required reading in many schools, and one mother has filed a formal complaint over it.

Gail Horalek has filed a formal complaint against her daughter’s school district over the Anne Frank book, over passages that she believes are too graphic for seventh graders.

The unedited version of the diary, which was published in 1996, describes Frank’s discovery of her own genitalia in some detail, which Horalek considers “pornographic.”

She believes that the Meads Mill Middle School where her daughter attends should have asked parents for permission before assigning the book.

“The problem is the school is giving the seventh graders inappropriate material and not explaining it to the parents,” she told the Northville Patch.

She said that the school usually sends a permission slip home for books and films that contain inappropriate material.

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

Horalek also said that the other parents were unaware of the passages. She only discovered them when her daughter confessed that the book had made her uncomfortable.

She now wants the book removed from the curriculum. “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,” she said. She just thinks that such graphic details “aren’t necessary to grasp the devastation of the holocaust.”

This isn’t the first time Anne Frank’s diary has raised controversy. In 2010, Culpeper County public school in Virginia stopped assigning the uncensored version of the tome due to extra passages that detail Frank’s own emerging sexual desires and “unflattering descriptions of her mother and other people living together.”

What do you think? Should schools only assign the abridged version of Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl?

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208 Responses to “Anne Frank Diary Called ‘Pornographic’ By Enraged Mother”

  1. Greg Silva

    Seriously, Sometimes these stay at home moms have nothing better to do.

  2. Mary Nelson

    I am so sorry that some parents find the unabridged book uncomfortable. But I read the abridged book when I was in school and I thought it was missing something. I had questions about how you can live like she was forced to and no mention is made of any problems, or thoughts about her life. If you do not want your child to have the whole story, I'm sorry for your child.

  3. Hans Enz

    People need to grow up and realize the world is not a perfect place and bad things are around, and you need to let your children learn for themselves protecting their innocence or what ever is not doing them any justice or preparing them for their adulthood.

  4. Roy Herstein

    the mother should be more uncomfortable about the holocaust than annes lady parts.

  5. Douglas C. Diskin

    I read this book in junior high school, back in the early 80's. While, admittedly, the version I read was abridged, I do not feel that I missed anything from the basic story. I feel that this book was meant to describe the fear and courage that it took to attempt to hide from a genocidal government. Unlike, say, a Judy Blume book, I don't think that it is necessary to have intimate knowledge of how Anne explored her body. What is necessary, is to allow children to read the abridged version of this book so that they have an understanding of what the Nazis did, and attempted to do.

  6. Anonymous

    Definetly stop young people from understanding the discovery of anything sexual or related to their bodies; we need to keep this kind of information away from impressionable youth until they are closer to 18 so when they finally get away from our protection they can rebel and become strippers, pimps, and sexual predators. We know this works because police and preachers have perfect children who don't become porn stars or drug addicts.

  7. Marchelle Renee Cote

    When I first read the beginning of the article I thought this woman was an idiot, but I was raised with the amended version, not ever knowing that there was more to the book and feeling like it was missing something when I did read it in middle school. Having said that she does raise some rather valid points. The school requires permission forms to be signed before wathcing movies with curse words or violence so it makes sense to do the same about the book. This sets a double standard regarding what they need permission for and what they don't. I do not believe the book should be banned but maybe the amended version could be offered to those kids who's parents don't want them reading the original but then again, she's going to hear her friends talk about it or have them show her the passages.

  8. Cathy Willis DeVries

    OMG! Are you serious? Don't let her see the movie that was shown on ABC because it has full nudity when the women were paraded in front of every one before they got the uniforms. She was what 12 when this happened? Of course she is going to have questions about her body and sexuality. People are idiot's and I am sorry that it makes you uncomfortable about the Holocaust. But guess what? It made the people who went through it more uncomfortable than you!

  9. Cathy Willis DeVries

    OMG! Are you serious? Don't let her see the movie that was shown on ABC because it has full nudity when the women were paraded in front of every one before they got the uniforms. She was what 12 when this happened? Of course she is going to have questions about her body and sexuality. People are idiot's and I am sorry that it makes you uncomfortable about the Holocaust. But guess what? It made the people who went through it more uncomfortable than you!

  10. Paula Morgan

    Oh good gosh kids in the 7th grade are not little children anymore. Some of you people need to get past the fact about the book and understand her story. When is it all going to quit on all these god fearing morons. I am betting you scared your kids and they will look at it just like "Porn" Grow up.

  11. Gretchen DeKok

    Douglas, kids ARE going to explore their own bodies. It's perfectly natural and part of growing-up. It's the "mother" who needs serious counselling.

  12. Marcia Taylor Kovach

    It is a sad world that we live in when there is a need to rewrite history to make it more sanitized. As stated in "Kindergarten Cop", "Boys have a penis; girls have a vagina." It is all a fact of life. Many are trying to pretend that the Holocaust never happened. Yea, right. And, Charles Manson was never born either. Sheesh….

  13. David Wiseley

    Kids belong to parents and not the state! Why not let the mother opt out of having her daughter be involved. Why make a big deal out of it. The mother could do that but has no right to try to get the whole school to change because she is "offended". Get the state out of the business of dictating what is moral for everyone and what isn't.

  14. Daniel L Barnhouse

    this mother didn't raise her voice I bet when her daughter had to take health with all the boys and learn about both of there physical parts so why try and ban a book such as this. she should stop and think of what that poor girl was going through with all the jews being gas and all the other things that were being done to them. all this book is the story of her life at that time. I'm german and I despise what hitler and the rest of the germans did to try to wipe out a whole race. your daughter must be a puss if she felt uncomfortable about reading the book. you cant tell me that she hasn't talked about such things with her girlfriends.if shes in 7th grade as you say than I know she has.

  15. David J. Aji

    She's nothing but a pig – how dare anyone equate Anne Frank to pornography. Shame on this SOB and her frivolous lawsuit. Let's see her hide in a small attic for years and thrive to survive………..PIG!

  16. Patricia Foht

    Teachers are always expected to see inside a crystal Ball and decide what parents will oppose each and every part of the curriculum. This is often the result of an uneducated, unread public. If parents don't take the time to read books that their children are going to read why does a PERMISSION slip to go to school help?

  17. Amanda Lynn Velez

    You really had me until the "God fearing morons" part. I get tired of people like you trying to make people with a deep belief in a creator seem like uneducated, simple minded twits.I read The Diary of Anne Frank in middle school and my daughter will read it when she is in middle school. That book is a must read and a treasure and has nothing to do with anyone's personal belief in God.

  18. Erica Mathis

    You liberals are gullible as hell. There are so many contradictions, discrepancies and lies in "The Dairy" only simple minded plebs could possibly believe a thirteen year old girl wrote it.

  19. Erica Mathis

    NO, people like you need to stop believe you know better than parents, people like you need to stop telling others how to raise their children and what is or isn't good for them. People like you need to worry about your children and not other peoples.

  20. Erica Mathis

    You liberals have GOT TO BE some of the most simpleminded ignoramuses ever to walk the earth. No morals, no common sense, no parenting sense.

  21. Erica Mathis

    igotstonedandmistit, you're one incredibly ignorant pleb. You liberals LOVE anything having to do with young kids and exposing them to sex. You're freaks.

  22. Erica Mathis

    No, you've been watching too many TV shows written by liberals with an agenda. You liberals LOVE anything having to do with young kids and exposing them to sex. You're freaks.

  23. Steven Brayman

    I read that book when I was in 7th grade as well. to be honest the historical horror of the book disturbed me more than the sexual description. I also looked at it from the historical point of view, these where her thoughts and she tells us what happened in and around her life. How can we censor that? may as well say it never happened, and destroy history for what it is.

  24. Erica Mathis

    No, you need counseling, moron. Just because kids are going to explore their bodies at some point, they should be exposed to it in school by educators? Do you believe government should raise your kids? Why do you liberals LOVE anything having to do with young kids and exposing them to sex? You're freaks. You look like a freak too, Are you a freak? You sure look and sound like one. Stay away from kids.

  25. Erica Mathis

    Are you really that naive? You're the one talking about the "uneducated, unread public" and you sound like an ignorant simpleton.

  26. Erica Mathis

    Come here… closer… closer.. WHACK!!!!!!! I just bitched slapped you, you ignorant pleb. You're a fag aren't you? You look like a faggit.

  27. Jeffrey Hodapp

    quit smoking pot and take midol. you need help. that book is a first hand account of the effects of the holocaust. it is required reading so it doesn't happen again.

  28. Brian Reese

    You may not like that comment, but probably 9 times out of 10 it is a Christian person who is offended and tries to ruin everything for everyone else.

  29. Rob McBroom

    I am shocked! Not because of the passages in the book but because I was under the impression that human beings didn't develop genitalia until they were married & then it was only for the procreation of offspring! Thank you, Meads Mill Middle School, you've really opened my eyes to a whole new world!

  30. Tamburovic David

    Now its a sad world because someone has attacked precious Ann Frank. People have been over sensitive on issues for a while now. I'm glad someone is attacking the book now we can draw a line on were to stop this ridiculous over sensitivity that has been plaguing America for the past few years.

  31. Anonymous

    Brian Reese Not to flip things in a totally different direction, but what you just said is pretty much the same as saying "all black people are lazy" or "all guys with long hair do drugs" that's stereotyping. There are plenty of Christians such as myself who aren't stuck up about things like this and I know a few non religious people who would throw a fit over things even more ridiculous than being angry over the content of a middle school/high school level book.

  32. Kevin Tomanka

    Maybe her daughter had questions about her own sexuality when she was, I don't know.. 12 years old. Dear Parents, your kids are older than you ever EVER thought they could be. you'll let your kids watch 2 1/2 men, but Anne Frank is Pornography. I fail to understand.
    P.S. Get over yourselves.

  33. Kayla Rhodes Ewing

    This is so ridiculous. Why do we have to "clean up" history for people who think it's too scandalous, scary, pornographic, violent, etc just so that it doesn't affect their precious progeny? Most of the time, I'm sure that the kids think all these issues are no big deal until mom and/or dad makes a big deal about it, then suddenly the kid is more interested in it than ever!

  34. Skip de Lyon

    I teach music in elementary. One time I tried to get my chorus students to sing Bon Jovi's "It's My Life," and one of the parents thought the song was about suicide. Really? You can't teach anything these days without some uninformed moron being offended.

  35. Nick Lerma

    The fact that the girl finds normal human female body parts uncomfortable but NOT the holocaust itself is sad and that girl isn't focused. Also, if that girl has made it to 7th grade and hasn't had the "body changing" talk either at school or at home, something is wrong there too. I remember getting that talk in 5th grade. Now I hear its 4th grade at my old school (a private school). The rest of the countries of the world laugh at how insecure we are about sexuality. There have been studies done that show the sooner a child knows about their body, the less likely they are to become a pregnant teen or get a girl pregnant at a young age. Food for thought.

  36. Nick Lerma

    Anne didn't write this to be her "book" with a beginning, middle and end, with intricate characters, a thought out climax and falling action to be read in future classrooms. She wrote a DIARY. In a diary, you write whatever you want about: your life, day to day activities, experiences and interactions. This would of been a part of her growing up. If she wrote about it, damn well better keep it in there, its her diary. Editing anything is rewriting history which should never be done, no matter what.

  37. Heather Wilson

    I'm sorry that this mother is encouraging her daughter's discomfort with her own body, which she is by comparing mentions of female sexual anatomy with pornography. "Pornographic" as a word has implications that are not always very positive. Joining that with a girl learning about her body? Easy way to make sure girls who grow up to be women are taught that their bodies are somehow shameful. While it very well may be that the school should have notified parents of the content, her argument that this constitues "pornography" seems to be to be more dangerous than 12 year olds reading said content.

  38. Éamon Ponticelli

    if she really finds anne franks diary pornographic and wants to complain to the school board she might as well complain about all these other kids cause they were made somehow. its history lady!

  39. Robert Hadley

    I find this a bit silly on the mother's part, but then I am glad the school is trying in a simple way to expose the children to a truth. People have to do some desperate things to survive in extreme situations. Those same situations do not stop youngsters from discovering their sexuality. If a seventh grader girl was uncomfortable with this, a lot of children that age are but this is part of growing up. The world is crazy and people are mean.

  40. Justin Stout

    ….And this crazy bitch's children aren't going to grow up to have tons of issues….

  41. Anonymous

    And I suppose the skelletal bodies walking like shadows NAKED to the gas chambers would be a total porn-feast for this fascist mom, no? BITCH!

  42. Anonymous

    I agree, you see what's happening to our youth. Teen Mom? Let's help delay the growing up process or our 14 year olds will be having babies and it'll be called Pre-teen Mom…Let's seriously avoid that show..

  43. Joby W Purucker

    Your daughter most-likely had the same type of question and thought and probably before 7th grade. If you honestly did not here is a reminder to unplug your power cord tonight.

  44. Anna Fontanes

    Please make sure you say the same about a Muslim who blows things up, a Jew who makes me stop having Christmas Parties at work or an Atheist who want the steel cross at Ground Zero removed from the museum because it makes them ill…this would not be tolerated if the word Christian was replaced with another religion or race.

  45. Anonymous

    I love the term, 'THE Holocaust'… Like there was ever just ONE?
    (I have ancestors of Jewish-blood) Yet I just feel that this idea of there having been One and only ONE Holocaust to be absurd! Yes, The Jewish People were the victims of A holocaust, but STOP Complaining and believing that that makes the Jewish people 'Special'… OTHER CULTURES have been the victims of such also, throughout history… The Native Americans, The Africans of Apartheid, The Mayans, and so on… WHY focus on just one group and set of events?
    ( it's RACIST in and of itself to think that one culture is special in regards to this… Grow the Hell up… It was well over 70 Years ago, move on to something else. Talk about beating a long dead horse… )

  46. Anonymous

    When I was in school, We never read this read this novel, because it was labeled as being too.
    one-sided and biased. We were told that it was very opinionated and would serve to only polarize the classroom and begin arguments! The fact that it contained such passages was not known to us.

  47. Anonymous

    Today is what matters, not 70 years ago… let the dead rest in peace… Their ghosts will never rest if anyone can not just let it go. I am not saying forget, but it's time to move on!

  48. Abdiel Galindo

    School girls here practice fellatio and the enraged mother is too ignorant to read a book (any book) and be educated to the facts of life…

  49. John Webb

    This is why the sins of the past are forgotten, then repeated, to only be repeated again. This book is a chilling tale of a dark time in our history and it needs to be remembered and never forgotten. Children in a bubble are weak, timid, and have problems dealing with real life problems. Growing up for me you never heard of kids taking their own life because someone called them ugly. Families actually ate dinner together, kids had chores, and we were not sheltered from the harsh realities of the world. These Sheltered children of today will one day be leading the country. They won't know, remember, or care about the past. Next these parents of sheltered children will want to ban Ole Yeller or Where the Red Fern Grows, because it depicts death.

  50. Brandon Edwards

    Wow…didn't we all read that book…this Mother needs to read the book it sounds like if shes getting upset about "lady parts" omg…how about what this girl had to go through. not offended. but offended about "lady parts"….OMFG!

  51. Jen Chapo McGregor

    Hate to tell the mother this, but many teens her daughters age are already having sex or performing oral sex.

  52. Pamela Ellen Donaghy Cornwell

    come on mom grow up your 7th grader knows more than you do about sex….rest assured….and she has already discovered her own 'lady parts'……beside that get more sensitive about the holocaust…..go to dc and visit the museum or pick up a book on it….

  53. Josh Dull

    The past never dies and is just as relevant as the present. Remember, those who do not learn from history are doomed to make the same mistakes.

  54. Cheryl Noffsinger

    OMG There are much worse things on our morning news, with woman getting raped, murdered beaten and what about the sick minded perverts that go after our children. We hear these god awful things everyday on our local news so I say to these people grow the heck up and deal with life. Your children have seen and heard worse. And this book was amazing and the full story put it all together. Do they let their kids read the Cosmo in there bathroom.

  55. Rachel Dilbert

    robotopia never forget. the evil of the Holocaust lives on in anti-semitism, Holocaust deniers and those like you.

  56. Robyn Thrasher Aikin

    Brian Reese…prove it! I have never tried to "ruin for everyone else". The majority of the time, Christians are the ones who simply request that their children be offered an opt out. It is the raving liberals that want us to "tolerate" but then force their agenda down our throats. Seriously, prove your statement.

  57. Robyn Thrasher Aikin

    I know many will attack me for my opinion (because that is what the "tolerant" bullies do) but I think I agree with her. She is not saying it should be banned. She is upset that the school did not feel fit to notify parents. I would not want my 12 year old son to read the unabridged part. He still says "Ew" when his dad and I kiss. Not every kid is "sexualized" by seventh grade. I wasn't. My son isn't. He is just a straight A, baseball playing, basketball playing church going, God loving little boy who doesn't need to be sexualized. I loved The Diary of Anne Frank when I was a kid (I read the abridged version) and when I was a grown up I read the un-abridged. The latter is not necessary to get the point across to a young child. This is just my view for MY child.

  58. Deborah Panepinto

    Seriously? So the extermination of innocent people is less disturbing to her than a girl describing her neather regions?

  59. Fabian Noggle

    FYI douglas when it comes time to have the birds and the bees discussion with your kids make sure you have a paper and pencil handy cause they already know more than you just with television and movies. as far as this book being "pornographic that is just ridiculous, only a liberal could think such ignorance.

  60. Jamie Jerface

    Typical angry soccer mom. We need to grasp the reality that Anne was growing into a woman, and the claim that Anne's words are "inappropriate language" (which wasn't inappropriate at all since she was both female and going through puberty) is an insult to her legacy and the woman's biological sex. Mrs. Horalek, please read a book on biology– it's bound to be a lot more offensive than a young Jewish girl's diary.

  61. Joseph Cook

    Two sides here… 1) Is everyone that thinks its all part of natural maturing and that its ok for kids to read and 2) this parent having the right to decide what her child reads. Why not just assign either version and let the parent decide which one their child reads? Its called compromise and its something that most adults do every day so why not here? Its a win/win situation for both sides. If not then each side is just guilty of the same thing… taking away the right of each individual to make their own choice. After all this isn't Nazi Germany is it?

  62. Joseph Dowell

    I find it fascinating how people can so easily censor the human experience, as if some parts of our growing up are so Godless and should not be brought out into the light of day. If you are ashamed of your body, or of who and what you are, deal with it and quit putting your "sin" on everyone else.

  63. Cory Armer

    Sounds to me that that dumb ass kid is trying to find a reason to get out of reading a book and her mommy bought her BS hook, line, and sinker…

  64. Anonymous

    I know let's burn all the copies of the book with all the other dangerous ones our kids might learn something from.

  65. Anonymous

    Age appropriate should be the deciding factor. as 7th grade might be a bit too young for some of the writing in the unabridged version.

  66. Anonymous

    Millions of jews died you fool, they tried to exterminate a race, nothing compares to this look it, all the deaths you mentioned about the the africans and the mayans and such is only a portion of the people that died in the holocaust, look at the death numbers of the said events.. and who is complaining idiot? history is good to know, if people let it go its just like it never happened, you need to know where we came from and to not let it happen ever again…in school alot of topics is covered but this is a special diary, it depicts germany from the point of view of a child, written evidence, and did you know back in the 1940's american people didnt know this was happening, and thought it was just a rumor intill much later….

  67. Jan Schroeder

    I also see the point Douglas made about history in this diary. I read it in my teens for high school in the sixties and just wanted a good ending which there wasn't of course. Regardless of what kids are exposed to today that doesn't necessarily equate to expose them to everything because its out there. Maybe it could have been offered as reading unabridged or abridged for the parents choosing. Parents unfortunately today have a lot of pressure to let their children do whatever the next door neighbors are doing. I see my adult daughter going through this now with her teenage daughter. So far they keep a very tight grip on what is allowed and I commend them for it.

  68. Jan Schroeder

    I also see the point Douglas made about history in this diary. I read it in my teens for high school in the sixties and just wanted a good ending which there wasn't of course. Regardless of what kids are exposed to today that doesn't necessarily equate to expose them to everything because its out there. Maybe it could have been offered as reading unabridged or abridged for the parents choosing. Parents unfortunately today have a lot of pressure to let their children do whatever the next door neighbors are doing. I see my adult daughter going through this now with her teenage daughter. So far they keep a very tight grip on what is allowed and I commend them for it.

  69. Emanuel Mercado

    I don't know where to begin! What is the mother so afraid of? Trying to censor Anne Frank is like saying it didn't happen. You can't! Her daughter is feeling uncomfortable because she doesn't understand, and that's where the mother needs to come in and talk to her about what she is reading. Its called Mediation…. I personally think its a great story and it reminds us of the past, and what we learn from the past, it keeps us away from repeating it!

  70. Anonymous

    Parents have the right to say that this is not right for my children, fine, but there is an important lesson to be learned about National Socialists, however the Schools don't want to teach the lesson because they are in on it today. They should find teachers who value life to teach this lesson and to educate the kids on how they are being used by National Socialists today by America's National Socialist party, Democrats.

  71. Anonymous

    The current day Eichmanns of America's National Socialist party like Dr. Gosnell of Philly show that this lesson is still very relevant. We are repeating history because we haven't learned from it. Last November makes this undeniable.

  72. Anonymous

    I guess this woman then wants SCHINDLER'S LIST on a twin bill with DEEP THROAT!

  73. Xavieria Desmond

    The daughter felt uncomfortable because of guilty feeling about what she was already doing. The mother has too much time on her hands. She should have had a talk with her daughter earlier if she's such a concerned parent. She needs to catch up with the times. These kids today are exposed to too much and chances are the daughter is not a stranger to her own genitalia.

  74. Anonymous

    I remember reading this in 7th grade. There are some versions of the book that have this part taken out. The school should require the version of the book with this part removed. This is pretty graphic for young children.

  75. Robert Illes

    Congratulations, uptight censoring clueless mom, you just increased sales of the book by 1000 fold. It's as if you worked for the publisher. I'm sorry for your daughter, living with disinformation, misinformation or noninformation is not conducive to a reasoning adulthood. Hope one of you wises up.

  76. Ray Mendonca

    Yup, this mom's a moron. It was a diary written by a young person, living in hiding for two years during WWII. It wasn't meant to make you and your 7th grader feel comfortable. It reflects a horrific time in our history, and Anne's diary humanizes some of those events. That she had feelings about herself, her body or her family are the same feelings and experiences everyone has. Honestly, if this article were written in the 1950s, I might understand her concern but in 2013, it just doesn't make sense. Mom, why don't you have a nice talk with your daughter about why she's uncomfortable? Maybe what you learn will take you out of the stone age.

  77. Sarah Rennie

    Anne Frank's been getting a lot of publicity this week. First Justin Bieber saying he thinks she'd be a "Belieber," then one of his rabid fans insults her without knowing who she was insulting, and now this. I haven't read her diary, yet (neither versions), but I wouldn't go so far as to call it pornography. Porn is created to stimulate sexual excitement; reading about a young girl being curious about her body is not the same thing. I'd be willing to bet that most, if not all, of those 7th graders know what masturbation is already.

  78. Stephanie Ann Merie Mccloud

    Has anyone even considered the thought that maybe she wouldn't want everyone in the world to read such intimate things about her anyway? This was in fact her personal diary, I don't know any teenage girl that would want the whole world to know details like that anyways. I don't understand why it is such a big deal to just take those parts out.

  79. Theodore Jones

    This kind of woman fits in with the rest of the social environment. Always trying to block anything remotely sexual (no matter what it is) or anything bad, this is the world we live in. GET OVER IT! Some kids in middle school discover their bodies and sexuality and we as adults penalize them for that! SO WHAT

  80. Cara Michelle

    I read that book. She kind of just wonders about breasts and wishes for her period to come faster. There's nothing pornographic in there. It's not like she gives a detailed account of having sex with that boy she liked. It's normal puberty related curiosity, not porn.

  81. Segi McHatton

    Are you crazy? It isn't 9 times out of 10. People get offended at anything that they do not agree with. Not just "Christians." And to say as such is ignorant to the world.

  82. Segi McHatton

    To be honest….I opted out of reading a Shakespeare play because of the witchcraft in it as a Christian. I was picked at by my class as a senior…but I did not change my idea. It made me uncomfortable, but I did not try to ruin it for others. This woman….seems to be trying to push her ideas onto others, which is stupid. At 7th grade, the discussion between students is probably worse that what is in the book.

  83. Anonymous

    This world is going to be filled with a bunch on sheltered PC pussies.

  84. Diane Dinnigan

    Carla Triolo-Cannistraci I liked it. It highlights the real horrors going on during this time.

  85. Diane Dinnigan

    Brian Reese Absolutely right Brian. It is usually one of 'those' people calling a Vagina pornography. Telling a 12 year old girl that her vagina is pornographic is beyond disturbing.

  86. Diane Dinnigan

    Gretchen DeKok You are right and for a mother to refer to her 12 year old's vagina as pornographic is beyond disturbing.

  87. Diane Dinnigan

    wow, a troll. Yea, being sensitive about the Holocaust is really so wrong. The diary of a young girl that died in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp makes her fuckin' precious because so little of those that were murdered remained.

  88. Jack Shiloh

    The Diary of Anne Frank is about as pornographic as Sesame Street, for one. And this "enraged mother" is an enraged moron, for two.

  89. Anonymous

    Just ignore the mother, if she wants to make a fuss she will. She'll just have to deal with the Jewish Book Council. (dramatic music)

  90. Raven Anderson

    Wow really? The book is too "Pornographic?" Nice to know this mother is more concerned about a holocausts girls womanhood than what the point of the book was.. Yeah lady that's the worse part right? How about the fact that Anne and others were tortured and killed… I read the book when I was younger and it was disturbing in the fact that another human would treat others so horribly. And the sexual content in the book yeah is a little graphic, but kids learn about sex in what grade 5th?(least that's when my class learned it.) Its not like Kindergarteners are reading it. I swear people will find some reason to complain.

    The point of reading this book is to understand what happened in our history. To hope that history does not repeat itself… The mother should really rethink her actions.

  91. Anonymous

    Your nothing but a ass -Calling another person a PIG, relates you more to a Nazi propagandist than a normal person………ASS!

  92. Anonymous

    Really? Sexual, we need a new word. Something that is more deterring than a word that relates to a physical relationship of beings and more to the need of the system it entails. Procreative, perhaps.

  93. Maggie Kooperman

    Robyn Thrasher Aikin You sound just as bad when you classify all liberals as being that way, and I'm not even liberal but still, you sound like such a hypocrite smh.

  94. Andrea Mejia

    um crazy mother hello its what every child going into their teenage years goes through, the self discovery of body sensations and their sexuality.. get over it.

  95. Elaine Elizabeth Carey

    I read the abriged version when I was in Junior HS, I was, 12 or 13. Anne was 12 or 13 when she was writing her diary. The reality is, throughout the decades, girls of that age have been & ARE STILL curious about their bodies, sex & sexuality. It is not pornographic; it is a girl's experience of growing up during the Holocaust. The HOLOCAUST is what she needs to be truly offended about. This is a teachable moment Mom! Sit with your daughter & explain the facts of life, using Anne's diary. Instill your values. Share your opinions about sex. Set the boundaries early. I was a Community Health educator specializing in HIV & STD prevention, & was invited to middle & high schools as a guest speaker…kids that age today, need the truth, on time, from the parents or the teacher, about sex, etc. By HS, they all think they know everything, but in my experience, they are starting to experiment with sex in middle school without having all the facts, thus there have been young girls pregnant at 13 and/or living with an STD. Believe it. Don't be in denial.

  96. Alicia Samuel

    Since I have played Anne Frank in the play dedicated to her (The Diary of Anne Frank), I know that Anne could be very silly and at times, immature. All kids are like that. On the other hand, she was also very intelligent and mature in other subjects. Yes, she had her temper tantrums, but she was very articulate in the way that she felt about life, and related subjects. She was very opinionated. :) The way that her life was, made her grow up very fast, even too fast. Children in these days may not be mature enough to handle some of the things that she says, but I think it's important to read it with your child, and explain what she was going through, and how she felt. Not demand it be removed from the curriculum. That's just my opinion. :)

  97. Phil Thompson

    A New York court established that "The Diary of Anne Frank" was written by a Jewish man named Meyer Levin and Anne's father paid Meyer $50,000 to write the book in his daughters name. You can find the courtcase at Mathaba net "The Diary of Anne Frank Fraud". It's even more pornographic, knowing a man wrote it. http://www.mathaba.net/news/?x=614599

  98. Phil Thompson

    A New York court established that "The Diary of Anne Frank" was written by a Jewish man named Meyer Levin and Anne's father paid Meyer $50,000 to write the book in his daughters name. You can find the courtcase at Mathaba net "The Diary of Anne Frank Fraud". It's even more pornographic, knowing a man wrote it. http://www.mathaba.net/news/?x=614599

  99. Phil Thompson

    A New York court established that "The Diary of Anne Frank" was written by a Jewish man named Meyer Levin and Anne's father paid Meyer $50,000 to write the book in his daughters name. You can find the courtcase at Mathaba net "The Diary of Anne Frank Fraud". It's even more pornographic, knowing a man wrote it. http://www.mathaba.net/news/?x=614599

  100. Phil Thompson

    A New York court established that "The Diary of Anne Frank" was written by a Jewish man named Meyer Levin and Anne's father paid Meyer $50,000 to write the book in his daughters name. You can find the courtcase at Mathaba net "The Diary of Anne Frank Fraud". It's even more pornographic, knowing a man wrote it. http://www.mathaba.net/news/?x=614599

  101. Phil Thompson

    A New York court established that "The Diary of Anne Frank" was written by a Jewish man named Meyer Levin and Anne's father paid Meyer $50,000 to write the book in his daughters name. You can find the courtcase at Mathaba net "The Diary of Anne Frank Fraud". It's even more pornographic, knowing a man wrote it. http://www.mathaba.net/news/?x=614599

  102. Christopher Gossage

    Hey, Anne Frank worshipers. Get over yourselves! Just because you like to read and have emotional feelings towards Anne doesn't mean you guys are better than anyone. There are plenty of people who have went through hell in the world and wrote about it. I think a mother can raise her daughter however they want, but every time I see some comments on here they are Fing stupid, and the way some of you act makes me want to lock you in an attic.

  103. Phil Thompson

    A New York court established that "The Diary of Anne Frank" was written by a Jewish man named Meyer Levin and Anne's father paid Meyer $50,000 to write the book in his daughters name. You can find the courtcase at Mathaba net "The Diary of Anne Frank Fraud". It's even more pornographic, knowing a man wrote it. http://www.mathaba.net/news/?x=614599

  104. Phil Thompson

    A New York court established that "The Diary of Anne Frank" was written by a Jewish man named Meyer Levin and Anne's father paid Meyer $50,000 to write the book in his daughters name. You can find the courtcase at Mathaba net "The Diary of Anne Frank Fraud". It's even more pornographic, knowing a man wrote it. http://www.mathaba.net/news/?x=614599

  105. Phil Thompson

    A New York court established that "The Diary of Anne Frank" was written by a Jewish man named Meyer Levin and Anne's father paid Meyer $50,000 to write the book in his daughters name. You can find the courtcase at Mathaba net "The Diary of Anne Frank Fraud". It's even more pornographic, knowing a man wrote it. http://www.mathaba.net/news/?x=614599

  106. Christopher Gossage

    For the record when I was in 7th grade I was behaving badly, but if she doesnt want her to read send a damn note home… the end

  107. Sheri Petteys

    It was the child that was uncomfortable and brought it to the mother's attention. If the child was uncomfortable, then the child was too young for those passages.

  108. Todd Biles

    You've Got To Be Kidding Me! I Just Can't Believe That Someone Would Want A Book As Important As This One To Be Taken Away! And To Relate This Book To Pornography Is Just Not Right! With All That Is Put On The Internet Now & Public Television These Days & Something Like This Book Made Her Uncomfortable? Maybe It Wasn't The Lady Parts She Was Uncomfortable With To Begin With, Maybe It Was What Anne Frank & All Of Those People Were Going Through! Cause With Everything Out There These Days, I'm Pretty Sure That A 7th Grader Has Already Seen Or Heard Worse!

  109. Tom Flaherty

    Schools handing out condoms, Plan B over the counter, abortions without parents concent and this book makes mom unhappy? It is about life during a terrible time in history, perhaps mom should sit down with daughter and explain a few things. She may not feel so uneasy then.

  110. McKayla Rose

    Actually, Anne's discovery of herself is important to the gravity of the book. She was a normal teenager doing perfectly normal things while in a completely abnormal situation, so yes, it added realism to her. And seriously, many of the other parents didn't know the passages were there? Did NONE of them read it in school as well? What better age to read about a teenager discovering herself than when teenagers are also discovering themselves? And why is this graphic or something to be ashamed of? No, Horalek, you ARE sheltering your daughter, you ARE living in a bubble, and you ARE, in fact, asking to ban the book.

  111. Brian Anthony Kraemer

    I'm an elementary school teacher and I think this is just plain stupid. Children should be learning about their sexual anatomy from toddlerhood up. These same children are exposed to unbelievable levels of violence (hangings, torture, dismemberment, suicide, rape, etc.) in prime time television every evening. During summer vacation they get this watching their mothers' soap operas with her. This is one mother filing one complaint. She doesn't deserve this attention. Life should move on and if she feels her daughter is being violated, home school her.

  112. Louie Campos

    This "Moment of Stupid" brought to you by the tea party.

  113. Michael Guntli

    I read the abridged version in school- thought it was a wonderful istory lesson- I know someone who's family were in consentration camps- If this girl thinks that Anne frank discriribing her privates is pornographic she should maybe see Shinlers List- where people are runing naked in the consentration camps. Honestly she needs to grow up. the book is history and history is imporant for all of us to learn.

  114. Linda Brown

    there are books out there that are less graphic. the school could have easily used one of those. the schools teach sex education, why not this book? I mean, if ya going to go that far….ban sex education.

  115. Cory Leicht

    Douglas, Anne Frank's diary deserves to be read the way she wrote it, not censored because it makes "some" people uncomfortable. The diary was her life. She was able to share her life, her terrors, her struggles, her pains, her loves and her adolescence with us. Be grateful.

  116. Amanda Sargent Guarneri

    That part of the book should be the least of anyones concern. For one, there is nothing wrong with body parts and just describing them is NOT what pornographics means. Second of all, this SHOULD be required reading (it was when I was in 7th grade in 1999 which is when we learned about the holocaust and visited the holocaust museum) and it should be shocking and disturbing. All children need to learn about the horrors of the holocaust so it is never forgotten or repeated. And this mother really just needs to shut up.

  117. Anonymous

    Oh. But it IS living in a bubble and, yes, you ARE banning a book! A middle school student should have learned about both female and male genitalia as well as reproduction in BIOLOGY. In fact this woman's daughter may be experiencing many of the same feelings, although it's pretty obvious from her mother's reaction, daughter would never broach the subject of her changing body & emerging sexuality with such an uptight, repressed parent!

  118. Hope Tamara

    The Diary of Anne Frank, is not porn! It is a moving acount of a young girl, who is coming to terms with the changes that are accuring around her & to her body.What your telling your child is that Anne Franks discovery of her body & her feelings about herself & others around her, is something she should be ashamed of, she was doing & thinking about the same things all young girls do, including the mother of the 7th grader!

  119. Jan Dunlap

    This Mother obviously doesn't believe the Holocaust happened! 6 million Jews died in concentration camps and Anne Frank was a beautiful little girl that didn't deserve what she got. Oh, I forgot, could this mom be a skinhead family member?

  120. Elle Proctor

    mr.anderson519 calling someone an ass before & after your pig tirade, is an oxymoron and has only succeeded in undermining any point you may have had.

  121. Virginia Rice

    Although I have read the book, and she tells of her time, when she was hidden for a couple of years, I do not think it's appropriate for a child to read, even though she was a child herself. They will find out soon enough about their bodies, and learn about the horrors of war. My parents would have not consider it right for me to read either. I was in the Netherlands when I was 8 yrs. old. It was right after the war, and many cities were still a bombed out mess. I'm now 71 yrs. old but my memory of that time has stuck with me through the years. I suggest that you read the book, and decide for yourself weather you want your child to read it. I do believe that the teacher should have cleared with the parents first, before allowing them to read it.

  122. Eryn Mede

    If this is considered the least bit pornographic, The Blue Lagoon must be a mind blowing f%$# fest. She's better off taking her kid out of this school and paying for a private school that fits her comfort level.

  123. Anonymous

    I think many people have jumped to conclusions and have missed the parents point. She never called her's daughter's vagina pornographic. The article doesn't state if she is a Christian, or not. It doesn't mention if she is a liberal. Making statement like those are being very prejudice and judgmental. But what the article states is that her daughter was uncomfortable reading the book. Under other circumstances at her daughter's school they would have sent a permission slip home before allowing a 7th grade child to read or participate in something that might be considered objectionable by some. She never said learning about history should be banned or rewritten. She should have been given an option whether or not if that reading material was appropriate for her child. As a parent she has a right to voice her thoughts as it concerns her child. The mother called the diary pornographic because of the things written in the diary about Ann discovering her own body. Is touching your private parts in the teacher's lesson plan or was it historical because if the abuse that Ann and others were subjected to and she survived? Would it be appropriate for a school to hand out old copies of playboy, penthouse or hustler and discuss that as a class. It just a human's body. We all the the parts. Since they are old copies it would be history. You may not have a problem with what was read. I may not have a problem with it. But that parent does. Who are we to judge her? If the school's policy is to notify parents and get permission the school should have done that.

  124. Brian Lewis

    Most importantly for our children, the unabridged version shows Anne as more human than ever. One of 6,000,000 humans with lives and family and their own stories who died brutally at the hands of hatred.

  125. Grenom Hackbart

    Because when it comes to genocide, the thing you need to be offended by are some naughty bits in a book (although I can't even remember which part is even pornographic).

  126. Eryn Mede

    According to the article it's a portion of the diary where she's discussing her puberty. God forbid a 13 year old reads anything about that!

  127. Mark Ryniker

    there was a reason the diary was edited before original publication. what is wrong with that? I understand that scholars and researchers of the time period want the whole thing. but it does in a sense violate an young girls private thoughts. none of us would want that. I have always thought the best way to learn the story of Anne for students at that age was to perform the play – just my thoughts

  128. Jillian Dhyana Oliver

    It seems for this parent, as well as many others in society, it's more important to protect children from the real world than allow them to understand it. And what this woman is trying to do is no different than what goes on everyday in our society; people try to decide for others what they can and cannot read, watch, or hear. At some point I wonder if people will realize that if they want a society of people who understand and think critically about the world it's more effective to let them take in information than shield them from it.

  129. Anonymous

    that is part of a dark period of history it portrays an insight to how life was during nazi germany so mom get over it.

  130. David James Williams

    The mother stated her daughter was uncomfortable reading the book……um maybe because its about how an entire group of people was persecuted for their Jewish heritage? As far as it being read as porn, this woman bviously has no clue as what the definition of pornography actually is: "the explicit portrayal of sexual subject matter for the purpose of sexual gratification" (wikipedia). The passage from the book in question is "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." Please explain how that could possibly fit the definition of pornography.

  131. Sam Onomatopoeia Perry

    To shelter a child from reading about a sexual awakening while that child is probably *going* through the same awakening…that's a load of BS. We're humans, we're sexual. Stop trying to tell kids it's bad or wrong! It's natural and healthy. End of story.

  132. Dion Johnson

    OK, first we got people claiming Captain Underpants is more offensive then 50 Shades of Grey, now someone is saying Anne Frank is porn?

    What is in the air these days?

  133. Anonymous

    Does this woman realize that there is a better than even chance her daughter's classmates are sexually active? She hadn't read the book? She IS in a bubble. She is trying to ban books. She is raising a child that will seek answers to her own questions from someone other than her mother. This is ridiculous. This kind of censorship has got to stop.

  134. Tom Garn

    This was history. Would it be okay with this mother if the school had them read Mein Kampf (not sure of spelling). That would be porn to even more people. Like the victims of the holocaust, our soldiers who defeated Hitler and many others.
    Anne Frank's story should be read and known by all so maybe the holocaust would not have to happen again.

  135. Wayne Hollander

    The best way to diffuse stupidity is to shine a bright light on it. I feel sorry for the poor kid, how bloody humiliating…does knowing how incredibly stupid and nauseating this is make me one of the "intellectually elite?"

  136. Beth Carpenter

    This mother totally does not get the reading assignment. If she is all hung up about her chikd & the nornal natural human body then I say she needs to enroll her child in a school that does not teach such controversal issues as the human body.

    Anne Frank was a young girl who at her age was expressing normal natural curosity over her body. Every boy & girl does this & it shouldn't come as a suprise to anyone that Anne Frank would also do this.Sounds to me like the mother is just a prude and wants her child to grow up ignornat of her own body. Get over it already. It is just a book. Don't like it? Take your kid out and home school them & teach them exactly what you eant them to know.

  137. Gary Parker

    I remember reading it in 7th or 8th grade, as an assignment. Even as a clumsy teenage boy, I didn't find it pornographic. What I found was a story told by a little girl who was going through one of the most horrific times in human history. What I remember taking away from it was the thought that she had said that in spite of it all (I'm not quoting, after 40 + years) she still believed that people were basically good. How tragic, considering how her life ended.
    This mother should be glad that her child has read this book. It's a timeless reminder of how ugly humans can be. A little confused about her sexuality at 12? Gee, no shit. Get over it, Mommy. Your daughter lives in a country where she can go to school every day and be free to read whatever she wants. TEACH her about what Anne Frank went through. If she's "uncomfortable" with the sexuality expressed in it, your job, as a mother is to discuss that with her. Be glad she even feels comfortable enough to come to you about it.

  138. John Paul Parks

    I have read the book, and there is a passage in which Anne lusts after another girl's breasts. She also has a miserable relationship with her mother and adores her father. I guess she was what she was, but we do not need to know that to understand the Holocaust. In fact, a much better book to understand what happened during 1933 to 1945 is "Bloodlands" by Timothy Snyder, see http://www.bloodlandsbook.com.

  139. Sharmila Kokatnur Mulkey

    Both of my middle school daughters read the book and they attend school in the best district in Louisiana. Parents are always informed by the teachers which books are going to be assigned. This mother has to realize that her child is possibly going through pubertal changes and is changing and questioning it herself. Does she keep her child in a bubble? I bet she already has discussed these issues with her friends who are as ignorant is she is. Her mother needs to inform her of what is happening to her.

  140. Dutch West

    Grow up lady! Anne Frank was about the same age as your daughter and you should welcome self discovery, not try to ban. Banning will ALWAYS cause problems down the road.

  141. Abe Ezekowitz

    “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,” she said. She just thinks that such graphic details “aren’t necessary to grasp the devastation of the holocaust.” Um, lady that is exactly what it means. Take your 1500 year old book of fan fiction and teach your child to grow up in the real world. Want to shelter your daughter and therefore ruin her future by turning her into a repressed individual? Fine but don't demand the bok be banned because of your issues.

  142. Jan Bobeck

    Growing up in wilkes-barre, pa. one of my friends Farther survived the Auschwitz SS camp. He was passed on to the worker side By Hauptsturmfuther Joseph Mengele..lady this could happen here in a Heart beat.

  143. Jack Carter

    It is a book of historical significance. You do not edit history because you don't like where it goes. The book should remain unaltered. I'd say the same about Mark Twain as well when they began editing out the "n" word. You should never ever remove parts of history or you destroy it as history and make it fantasy.

  144. Jacob Gleason

    To censor The Diary of Anne Frank is to mitigate the horrors of what happened during the Holocaust. After all, it is incumbent upon all of humanity to make sure this never happens again. Gail Horalek, shame on you. Shame on you for being yet another footnote in this sad era of soft helicopter parents who are ruining the next generation by acting entitled and making excuses for them at every turn.

  145. Dakota McCarthy

    Also seriously, The Diary of Anne Frank is required reading for 7th graders, if you think it's too graphic over her talking about her vagina and not the fact that this was a diary from a 12 year old girl who was taken to nazi concentration camps, you need to re-evaluate your priorities

  146. Mary Fournier

    this coming from a mother whose daughter has probably gotten to s econd base already..lady get a life its not penthouse.

  147. Anonymous

    The book is not pornographic; it is a diary of a beginning teenager. How is that pornography? I strongly suspect that she is anti-Semitic.

  148. Kevin VanDyke

    I saw a monkey at the zoo once…. it couldn't appreciate words either.

  149. Grenom Hackbart

    Puberty? Seriously? A biological process that 100% of people will go through at some point in their life (excepting death & Kallmann’s syndrome), and she's afraid of kids learning about it… for the short amount of time they have before they personally experience it?

  150. Cole Crawford

    Anne Frank's Diary should NOT I repeat NOT be banned. I read the book when I was 4th grade I didn't get sick because of it! It's HER diary! She can put whatever she wants in it, and there's nothing wrong with that!

  151. Jill Brounstein

    What a sorry excuse of a human being this woman, Gail is! I agree with Roy (below) that remembering the Holocaust is FAR more important then a young girl discovering her body. I think the unabridged version of Anne Frank's story should be required reading. There is nothing shameful in the book and the fact that it was such a personal statement she made is endearing in some ways.

  152. Eric Richardson

    This woman needs to find a hobby. Another moronic housewife that thinks her opinion means something — which I'm sure she came to this epiphany right around the time that her horrible photography career came to a screeching halt. This is when I wish our legal system would drag her in front of the court, let her know that she's an idiot then hand her a bill for wasting the courts time — then staple a note to her forehead that says she doesn't get to waste peoples time because her daughter sees the word vagina. Bring back tar and feathering for idiots like this.

  153. "La Matricula de los Ninos" Resort

    This woman needs to find a hobby. Another moronic housewife that thinks her opinion means something — which I'm sure she came to this epiphany right around the time that her horrible photography career came to a screeching halt. This is when I wish our legal system would drag her in front of the court, let her know that she's an idiot then hand her a bill for wasting the courts time — then staple a note to her forehead that says she doesn't get to waste peoples time because her daughter sees the word vagina. Bring back tar and feathering for idiots like this.

  154. Cay Kline

    Sounds to me like just another a$$hole trying to extort money from the school for "exposing" her daughter to "pornography". Just follow the story…a lawsuit will follow.

  155. Lisette Lebaillif

    Wow. It's my opinion that this woman is like so many people in our society who unfortunately shelter their children (as her parents probably did) from anything sexual, ranging from the human form beautifully depicted in art to the writings of the young Anne Frank discovering her sexuality. This is the same corner of our society that will allow their children to watch movies, cartoons and video games of the most horrendous violence, yet will quickly change the channel when a woman's breasts are showing.

  156. Mary B. Winfield

    Let us hope such a lawsuit will be dismissed. We have Freedom of Speech. This mother ought to examine how she's reflecting her own possible hang-ups onto others. I hvae read both editions and Anne Frank is a virginal, chaste young woman. No teen girl would fabricate her coming of age in a journal! I am not Jewish, but I am insulted as a woman, as a parent as an American who believes in intellectual freedom (not Censorship).

  157. Mary B. Winfield

    Little boys have a constant reminder of their gender, little girls do not. There is innocence in Anne's passage about her "boob" envy and also about her more private anatomy. Maybe our parents should spend time encouraging sexual responsibility in their teens – College freshman year comes too quick for some parents. A wise mother would have had a discussion with the adolescent daughter about personal responsibility and stewardship with maturity (including sexual physical maturity). Perhaps there is some anti-Semiticism in the outraged mother's issues. All teens have sexual curiousity, and it doesn't take a PhD or pediatrician to demonstrate this.

  158. Karen Whittle

    I've not read it, and think that perhaps parents should be allowed to read the new passages before the book is assigned to their students. I'd like to know the questions my daughter might have in advance. I would still allow her to read it, but I wouldn't want those particular passages discussed in class.