A Bunch of Fannies in Culpeper County, Virginia

Valerie Strauss of the Washington Post reports that Culpeper County Public Schools in Virginia has pulled an edition of The Diary of Anne Frank. Not because they were antisemitic twunks, but because they were prudish twunks who reacted in horror at passages such as this:

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!

Yes, that is correct: horror at a 14 year old girl’s awareness that she had a vagina and knew what it did and, worst of all, presumably had put her fingers down there.

What next? Attempting to ban a book about two male penguins taking care of an egg?

The most challenged book of 2009, according to the ALA, was “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, based on a true story about two male penguins who care for an orphaned egg. Sounds truly subversive to me.

Oh, wait.

(HAT TIP – Scepacabra.)

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2 Responses to “A Bunch of Fannies in Culpeper County, Virginia”

  1. Omri Says:

    I’m not going to get all that worked up about this particular case of Anne Frank censorship. This passage is one I didn’t come across when I read it as a kid, and it sounds like one of the things Otto Frank kept out when he wrote the first edition.

  2. efrafandays Says:

    I certainly don’t remember reading it either.

    It was indeed from the 1995 edition, and I can appreciate why Otto Frank excized such references; but the current censorship is not the work of an already traumatized father wishing to retain dignity for his child.

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