Anne Frank Discovers Her Clitoris and Who Knew?

I had heard vaguely that the version of The Diary of Anne Frank that we all read in eighth grade had been censored, but I really didn’t know in what way, or what content had been expurgated in the name of upright American values.

Turns out — and go figure — the excised sections include a passage in which she contemplates her genitals and discovers her clitoris. This would seem to be a normal process for any fifteen-year old, and although it’s entirely unsurprising that moralists terrified of sex would censor that passage, and it helps humanize a young girl who for many has become a sort of reified personification of the struggle between “innocence” and evil.

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~ by Benji on 18 April 2011.

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