#2. Anne Frank's Detailed Sex Talk Freaks Out Uptight Parents
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Considered one of the most important books of the 20th century, The Diary of a Young Girl cataloged the innermost thoughts of teenager Anne Frank as she hid with her family for two years in an office building during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. This private diary detailed her fears, her coldness toward her mother, and her family's daily struggles to remain unseen. So why the hell is it on this list?
Well, it was also a private diary of a teenage girl as she went through puberty. And yes, all those italics are very necessary.
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"I'm just glad tens of millions of strangers will never read these private thoughts."
Anne Frank never assumed that anyone would read her diary. The majority of the book is absolutely focused on the Nazi occupation, but there are certain other parts where the author ponders her developing body. There are the detailed descriptions Frank gives of her own genitalia, namely exploratory passages like "There are little folds of skin all over the place, you can hardly find it," "I simply can't imagine how a man can get in there," and "The hole is so small you can't even put your index finger in."
Hey, she called it like she saw it.
Once the war was over, Otto Frank, Anne's father, edited the diary for publication. He kept roughly 70 percent of the original text, while removing references to sex and anecdotes about Anne's mom being a shitty parent. But the unedited version became available later, and some parents have complained to school boards about the book's sexual content. Yes, it's far more upsetting to hear a teenager frankly discuss puberty than her impending internment and genocide.
You know who else had a problem with certain books?
#1. Where's Waldo? Is Filled With Nudity, Sexual Harassment
The children's series Where's Waldo? (also known as Where's Wally? in some markets) is beautiful in its simplicity. A nerd in a striped sweater is hidden in a cluttered tableau of people. The reader must find him, his nerd-girlfriend, his nerd-dog, and his nerd-wizard, or live with deep, nagging shame the rest of his days.
As hidden as Waldo was, quite a few disturbing things were not.
OK, but that's just one mildly filthy Easter egg. It's not like there's anything else ...
Oh look, a naked clown on a pogo stick? Well, two pictures don't constitute a trend ...
Yup, that's a bunch of middle-school peeping toms looking at a topless woman in a dressing room. In the same picture we have ...
... a woman getting her dress sucked off by a vacuum cleaner.
But probably best of all, in one ancient Rome-themed edition, we have a man about to be violently mounted by a leopard while he simultaneously murders another man:
Based on an actual incident.
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