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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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  1. Marcia SheridanMay 1, 2013 at 8:56 amReply

    How inconceivably ignorant. That is not pornographic – it is about a curious pre-teen’s curiosity about her changing body which is the most natural curiosity for 7th graders. Ann Frank had a lot of curiosity, she was very precocious, had hope, dreams, and looking towards the end of that horrible war. I have been to her house in Amsterdam; maybe Mrs. Gail Horek should have a tour of the Ann Frank house and get a little education.

  2. Kristin PhilipsMay 4, 2013 at 5:47 pmReply

    Gail did not call the book by Anne Frank “pornographic.” The point Gail made was that parents need to be notified before their children are given materials in the classroom that contain sensitive issues. Then, parents can decide whether or not the material is appropriate for their child. In this case, the teacher decided to go ahead using the UNEDITED version without informing parents. Who gave the teacher the right to make assumptions? Did this un-edited version go through a proper vetting process?? We, as parents, receive permission slips for field trips and movies that may be PG, PG-13, or R rated – so why did that not happen in this case? The administration is at fault. All books must go through a vetting process before they are used in a classroom. The teacher failed the parents and the parents in turn have EVERY right to complain. This is not about book banning or book burning or anti-Semitism or anthing else this family has been wrongly accused of in the media. This mother’s daughter approached her and told her she felt uncomfortable reading the material. What good mother would not step in at this point? The vicious media has created lies about this woman and called her filthy names. Well, I applaud Gail for listening to her daughter’s needs and bringing it to the attention of the school administration so that other parents would be notified, as well. Where are the other parents in the community of Northville, Michigan? Why in the world are they not supporting this woman in her attempt to give the rights back to parents??? Let parents decide what is best for their children. Anne Frank’s father made a decision when he read her diary and created an edited version. I sure wouldn’t want children reading MY diary without some of my innermost private thoughts edited…

    • Brett WilkinsMay 4, 2013 at 6:11 pmReplyAuthor

      Respectfully, what do you think anyone could possibly find inappropriate about simple reflections on human anatomy? If she’d written about her eyelashes or her knees, would you still want parental notification? A clitoris is just another part of the human anatomy. Or am I missing something here?

      • Kristin PhilipsMay 4, 2013 at 8:51 pmReply

        Yes, Brett, you are obviously missing something if you don’t see the difference between a woman’s private parts and her eyelashes.

  3. SlickJune 12, 2013 at 6:08 pmReply

    This is why the rest of the world laughs at us!!!!!

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