Slut of the Week: Anne Frank Describes Her Labia and Fundie Moms Everywhere Lose Their Shit Edition

I’m going to venture a very broad guess that unless you’re a mollusk and have been living 20,000 leagues under the sea, you know who Anne Frank is. Even if you haven’t read her posthumously published book, you’ve probably heard of her and her ground-shattering diary in which she chronicled her teenage existence while hiding from the Nazis in a secret apartment with her family. Her story has been an inspiration both to teen writers and brave women everywhere for generations.

Not so much for some fundamentalist moms. They think that the whole trying-to-live-life-like-a-normal-young-woman-while-constantly-fearing-for-one’s-death thing isn’t all that admirable—because in one part of the book she talks about her pussy. You heard me right.

A mother in Northville, Michigan has filed a formal complaint demanding that her daughter’s middle school not have students read the diary of Anne Frank because it’s “pornographic.” But don’t worry, she’s not a prude who’s trying to shelter her daughter or anything.

Here’s the “inflammatory” passage:

until I was 11 or 12, I didn’t realise 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. 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.”

First off, we’ve all been there with Anne on grounds of the trying to figure out what the fuck the clitoris is. It wasn’t until I laid down on my stomach atop a very firm mattress when I was 13 or so that I experienced my first orgasm and traced the sensation back to that little bugger.

It’s beautiful, visceral writing, and it’s describing something that most young women experience.

I’ve got news for this mom. If this girl is in 7th grade, chances are she’s found her labia already. Anne, like many young women going through puberty, was prone to exploring her changing body with fresh enthusiasm and interest. It’s normal, it’s healthy and its clean. I remember looking at myself down there with a hand mirror and melting ice cubes in my newfound vagina.

It really throws me. This is no different than the American Girl books on puberty that I read growing up with my friends. How is something which is a PART of your “God-made” anatomy dirty?  And how is not knowing anything about how it looks or functions healthy?

I concluded censoring Anne Frank’s diary would only make sense if you’re very, very odd. She’s honest, relatable and changing what she wrote would be to change the very real experience she was having as a young woman growing up. People don’t randomly start noticing their sexuality as married grown-ups. If you’re uncomfortable with the thought of your child growing up and having sex some day, STOP FUCKING HAVING KIDS. Ugggh religious mom nincompoopery.

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13 responses to “Slut of the Week: Anne Frank Describes Her Labia and Fundie Moms Everywhere Lose Their Shit Edition

  1. It’s not a daughter this woman was concerned about reading the passage, but a son. Still ridiculous either way. Nothing pornographic about a basic anatomy lesson.

    • thanks for the correction, and yes, you’re absolutely right! Taking serious offense to a description of basic anatomy is indicative of some psychological problems, methinks.

      • I read Ann Frank and I don’t remember this part! I’m thinking, considering my upbringing it would have made an impression. Is it possible I read an edited/censored version in the early 80s?

  2. I read Anne Frank’s diary when I was very young, have to say it taught me more about my own genetalia than sex ed. lessons did.

    • agreed. None of those diagrams of womens anatomy which kind of looked like the Texas Longhorns logo werent necessary with Anne. She was a young person, so what she wrote is far more relatable.

  3. Now those parents need a whacking in the head! How could that passage be pornographic? Do they teach their children biology because that will also be porn

  4. Have any of these morons read their own bible? Sex, rape, gay sex, prostitution, slavery, deals with the devil, oh and a lot of fiction… Oh I get it now. Its fiction these idiots love.

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