Forget hiding in an attic for two years and dying of typhus at Bergen Belsen – what’s really offensive about Anne Frank’s experience was her awareness of her vagina. Some unfit asshole in Culpepper County, Virginia became scandalized by Frank’s mention of her genitalia in The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition and complained about it to their kid’s school. The school district responded by pulling it off their shelves and replacing it with a “less graphic copy.”
Maybe it will sit in a storage closet somewhere next to the Merriam Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, now that parents in Menifee, California have called its suitability into question. A child discovered the definition of “oral sex,” which reads, “oral stimulation of the genitals,” and hir parents complained to the school. In response, it was removed from the library and the district is forming a committee of principals, teachers and parents who will examine the book and determine whether it’s fit for young eyes.
What the hell is wrong with people? Newsflash: your kids have genitals. No, the devil did not put them there. Is it me or are parents scrambling to sterilize and sanitize and suck the life out of everything their fragile children encounter nowadays? They don’t want to talk to them about gay people, they don’t want to talk to them about private parts, they don’t want to explain a goddamn thing about the world. And they think their own squeamishness is a good reason to restrict everyone’s access to learning material.
Why not just lobotomize your kids so they never exhibit curiosity or ask any challenging questions. If I were a parent I’d be stoked my kid opened a hard copy of the dictionary, you know?