Diary of Anne Frank banned… in Virginia

“The Diary of Anne Frank”, the harrowing journal of a young Jewish girl’s experiences in Holland under the Nazis, has been banned in Culpepper County public schools in Virginia… all because of the young girl’s references to her own body. We’re not talking steamy sex scenes or even anything approaching smut. As the Progressive Puppy points out:

The passage that this parent found so offensive describes Frank’s discovery of her genitalia.  Writes Anne:  “There are little folds of skin all over the place, you can hardly find it. The little hole underneath is so terribly small that I simply can’t imagine how a man can get in there, let alone how a whole baby can get out!”

The book was pulled after a complaint from a single parent. If you ask me, that parent has serious issues. If they want to restrict their own child’s reading material, that’s their business. But to prevent other children from accessing a book widely viewed as a classic – and a timely reminder of the impact of bigotry – is simply mindless puritanism.

  1. Mindless puritanism? In this great freedom-loving nation of ours? I can’t imagine (although I thought Virginia was at least slightly purple, of course our Massachusetts election proves that nowhere is safe).

    Hopefully a tipping point is imminent. Trying to influence science classes has been followed by the tampering of history, sex ed and now English. Instead of history repeating itself I’d like to see an overthrow of one party or the other so we could all be a bit more clear on where we stand. No matter which side wins (I could always move to Canada….)

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