Sexuality & Love Quotes in Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl

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  • 1:25 First Love
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Instructor: Margaret Stone

Margaret has taught both college and high school English and has a master's degree in English.

Anne Frank's 'Diary of a Young Girl' is about a young girl coming of age while her family is in hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam. In the Secret Annex where she lives, Anne experiences love for the first time with Peter van Daan. There, she also has straightforward discussions with her father and Peter about sexuality and love.

Sex Education

Prior to her family's move to the Secret Annex to hide from the Nazis, Anne Frank lives the typical life of a teenage girl. She writes of turning away young suitors: 'You're probably a little surprised to hear me talking about admirers at such a tender age. Unfortunately, or not, as the case may be, this vice seems to be rampant at our school. As soon as a boy asks if he can bicycle home with me and we get to talking, nine times out of ten I can be sure he'll become enamored on the spot and won't let me out of his sight for a second. His ardor eventually cools, especially since I ignore his passionate glances and pedal blithely on my way,' Anne confides in her diary.

She admits to curiosity about male-female relationships, however. Her friend Jacque seems to have a bit more information about sexuality, and she enlightens Anne on a few matters. Jacque tells Anne where babies come from. 'Where the ingredients go in is where the finished product comes out!' Jacque says.

Anne writes, 'Jacque and I found out about the hymen, and quite a few other details, from a book on sex education. I also knew that you could keep from having children, but how that worked inside your body remained a mystery. When I came here, Father told me about prostitutes, etc., but all in all there are still unanswered questions. If mothers don't tell their children everything, they hear it in bits and pieces, and that can't be right.'

First Love

After some months at the Secret Annex, Anne begins to become interested in Peter van Daan. Peter, who is a bit older than Anne, is the son of the other family living in the Secret Annex.

After time spent with Peter, Anne gushes to her diary: 'We talked about every imaginable thing, about trust, feelings and ourselves. Oh, Kitty, he was just as I thought he would be.'

Anne hopes the relationship will last. 'Whenever he looks at me with those eyes, with that smile and that wink, it's as if a light goes on inside me. I hope things will stay like this and that we'll have many, many more happy hours together.'

Anne and Peter have several rather frank conversations about sexuality. Anne writes, 'I was with Peter yesterday and, somehow, I honestly don't know how, we wound up talking about sex. I'd made up my mind a long time ago to ask him a few things. He knows everything; when I said that Margot and I weren't very well informed, he was amazed.'

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