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While I don't think this particular passage has any relevance to the message the book is trying to convey I really don't see anything wrong with the passage itself. I think there are probably MANY girls who would read it and have an "OHHH! so THATS what the parts of my vagina are called!" moment. If this was a descriptive sex scene or something of that nature i'd probably have a different opinion but as it stands I think its probably quite informative
Exactly!! When did vaginas become so offensive??? It's not at all sexual; it's literally is just a girl describing her own body in almost clinical terms.
I guess it's one thing if you want to keep your own kid in the dark, but I'd be upset if someone were trying to censor my child's classroom. There's a reason we read "coming of age" novels in middle school. That's when kids are going through these very intimate, but common, experiences.
I was discussing this with DH last night over dinner since its an interesting topic and he felt that to ban this book or to censor it would add insult to injury. He pointed out that some of the hugest book banning and censorship that was ever done was done in Nazi Germany. Good point as I had forgot about that myself.
And his view as a male was that if a 7th grader whether male or female felt uncomfortable about reading a paragraph about the genitalia of a child the same sex then he felt that was something the parents did wrong by making the child ashamed and embarrassed by their own genitalia. He also felt the passage should stay because he said he knew more women who were made to feel this way about their private parts where a seventh grade boy and even younger boys for that matter often typically feel proud of their boy bits and are unashamed to talk about their penises etc. He also said most all 7th grade boys are already aware of female genitals anyways either because of sex ed Or learning it from older boys.
He also felt that using the actual technical medical terms like vagina were much less offensive for kids to learn than the slang words out there.
I read Anne Frank diaries when I was younger and I don't remember that particular passage in the book. I do not think that description is pornographic at all it is just a teenage girl writing in her diary about her changing body. I think every parent has the right to say what their children can and cannot read however that is where it needs to be left. Just because you don't want your kid reading something doesn't mean you have the right to try and ban a book especially such a huge part of history. That is overboard IMO!
When I was in 5th grade my mom got me a book something along the lines of Your changing body and it was way more descriptive than this. I remember being so upset when I first started getting hair. I also got my period in 4th grade, had an almost full b cup in 5th grade. I was "advanced" I guess but I thought something was wrong with me. I definitely read the edited version of the Anne Frank Diary but I would not be opposed to my child reading this.
I had an older boyfriend throughout middle and most of high school (We dated for almost 6 years) so I'm afraid I'd shock a lot of parents of middle and high schoolers with just what my friends and I at least knew and did back then.