Meet Gail Horalek, the busybody parent to top all busybody parents. She is very concerned that her daughter’s copy of The Diary Of A Young Girl is pornographic. It would seem that it’s not offensive enough that a vibrant young woman was a victim of the Holocaust. It’s also very offensive that Anne Frank played with her clitoris.
Horalek’s 7th grade daughter chose to read the newer, unedited “definitive edition” of Diary Of A Young Girl for a class project. This version was long blocked by Anne’s father (the only surviving member of the Frank family) because it contained more sexual themes; however, schools have been reading it for over a decade now. But Gail Horalek will not abide this smut!
Horalek told her local news outlet the book is “inappropriate” and her 7th grader found the “graphic passages” quite “uncomfortable”; she complained to the daughter’s teacher, who said the kid could pick another book to read. But Horalek won’t stop there! She would prefer all middle schoolers read the less seXXXy version of the book. Clutch your pearls, everyone, because is the “graphic” passage below:
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.
Methinks Gail Horalek’s daughter is going to have one hell of a puberty if she can’t handle reading one paragraph about her own genitalia in a book. Someone keep this kid away from the Judy Blume novels, jeez Louise.
And Gail Horalek should know there’s a special place in Librarian Hell for parents who try to keep books away from children to “protect” them. (Cough Chicago Public School System cough.) Although looking like a nincompoop on the Internet is probably punishment enough.