I recently read an article on the Huffington Post stating that a parent is protesting or making a fuss about Anne Frank being required reading for 7th graders. The parent’s issue is there is a part in the book in which Anne is describing her body; this includes her vagina. Here is why I do not believe that is grounds for having this book removed from the school;
1. This is a diary; it was not meant for the entire world to see it. Technically, this is an invasion of privacy even though it does give people a first hand account of what happened during that time.
2. By 7th grade, you are in health class learning about the female body as well as the male body. I am 24 not only did I have to take health in the 7th grade, but I had to take a parenting class in high school and another health class in college.
3. You see more graphic stuff on television. Girls twerking in videos, television shows in which women are barely dressed. Anne Frank was a young girl hiding for her life and was curious about her body as we all do at that age.
I think that people are choosing the wrong battles to fight. Granted I am not a mother as of yet but I will not be that mother that allows her child to wear short shorts or a bikini top during the summer and then complain when she reads someones’ diary.
Also just to throw it out there in this article it is the same school that had parents fight the edited version of Anne Frank and the choose the “real” copy to be used in school.
Here is the link