Michigan Mom Gail Horek Wants ‘Pornographic’ Anne Frank Diary Out of Daughter’s Middle School
A Michigan mother has filed a formal complaint against her daughter’s school district in a bid to have a seminal work of Holocaust literature removed the curriculum.
The ‘offending’ book is the unedited version of the famous “Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl.” WJBK reports that Gail Horek, the mother of a seventh grade student at Meads Mill Middle School in Northville, believes that the iconic first-hand chronicle of a Dutch family hiding from the Nazis in an Amsterdam attic during the Holocaust is ‘pornographic.’
Christian Post reports that Horek specifically objects to a passage of the diary in which Frank writes about her anatomical self-discovery:
“Until I was 11 or 12, 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.”
Apparently this passage was too hot for Horek to handle. According to Christian Post, she likens it to pornography and says it is utterly inappropriate for her daughter and her teenage classmates to read.
“The problem is the school is giving seventh graders inappropriate material and not explaining it to the parents,” Horek told Northville Patch. “If they watch any kind of movie with a swear word in it, I have to sign a permission slip,” she added. There is no obscene language in Anne Frank’s diary.
Horek has begun the process of filing a formal complaint against the Northville Public School District. She is also demanding that the school remove the book from its 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,” Horek insisted to Northville Patch.
There is a censored version of Anne Frank’s diary which many schools assign for study. According to Christian Post, public schools in Culpeper County, Virginia stopped using the uncensored version of the diary in 2010 after questions were raised about the contents of the original book.
Assistant Superintendent Robert Behnke responded to Horek’s objection by emailing her and promising that “a committee consisting of parents, teachers, media specialists and administrators” would review her concerns.
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