This one has been floating around for a bit now, but a school in California pulled a recent version of the Dictionary because it carried the definition of oral sex.
Dictionaries have been removed from classrooms in southern California schools after a parent complained about a child reading the definition for “oral sex”.
Merriam Webster’s 10th edition, which has been used for the past few years in fourth and fifth grade classrooms (for children aged nine to 10) in Menifee Union school district, has been pulled from shelves over fears that the “sexually graphic” entry is “just not age appropriate”, according to the area’s local paper.
The dictionary’s online definition of the term is “oral stimulation of the genitals”. “It’s hard to sit and read the dictionary, but we’ll be looking to find other things of a graphic nature,” district spokeswoman Betti Cadmus told the paper.
But to top it all, another school on the east coast in Virginia has pulled a version of Anne Frank’s diary because it apparently had lines about her “sinful lady flower”.
there’s only so much stupid that a girl can handle and I shot way over my monthly allotment reading this one news story: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition, by Anne Frank, was pulled off the shelves in Culpepper County Public Schools in Virginia after a parent complained about “the sexual nature of the vagina passage,” according to the Culpepper Star-Exponent. Since 1995, the Anne Frank Foundation has printed an unedited, definitive version of Anne’s diary, in which she apparently wrote some sexually suggestive references, including one about her sinful lady flower.
Once again, a single parent’s complaint has managed to ban a book from a school. They plan on teaching a different version of her book, one with only 70% of her actual diary.