The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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Was Anne Frank bisexual or was she just confused becasue of the situation she was in?

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Being bisexual means having sexual and romantic thoughts about more than one gender. Sexuality is not something that needs to be true for someone's entire life in order to be valid or true. For instance, someone can identify as heterosexual for most of their life and then develop attractions that are not heterosexual and then begin to identify as bisexual or as gay. This does not mean that they were always gay or bisexual, however. Models of sexuality as a static thing often do not align with people's internal experiences.

Attempting to explain away non-heterosexual attraction because of environmental factors is disrespectful to the complexity of experiences people have with their sexuality. Bisexual people are especially likely to have their experiences dismissed as "confusion" or to be required to prove their bisexuality, but these are clear manifestations of heterosexual supremacy, as straight people never have their attraction questioned in these ways. Anne Frank clearly experienced bisexual attraction and expresses such clearly in her diary, and it is unreasonable to dismiss this as evidence of her bisexuality because of her age or experience.

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This isn't really a question anyone can authoritatively answer about another person, particularly not somebody who, sadly, never reached adulthood and whose teenage diary is the only thing we have to go on. I don't know that Anne's particular situation—of being in fear for her life and hiding from the Nazis in an attic—would have made her any more likely to think about women in a sexual way. I do think it's likely that many young people of her age have thoughts of this kind, regardless of their external situation, and many of them might commit them to a diary if they were to keep one.

We know from her own writings that Anne did entertain sexual thoughts about girls; she may or may not have continued to. We will never know. We do know that there has been much controversy over whether these pages should have been excised from the diary, largely because, at the time that Anne was writing (and, indeed, until recently), being bisexual was not generally acceptable in society. Many public figures whose friends knew full well that they were bisexual or gay have had this fact covered up by those friends after their deaths because it would have been thought of as a slur on their characters by the general public.

So, Anne Frank certainly had sexual and romantic thoughts about both boys and girls. We cannot say any further than this whether she would have grown up to be, or identify as, bisexual.

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The limitations of social interaction befallen upon Anne, before and during her captivity, leave Anne with many questions regarding the different feelings and sensations that she experiences despite her need to justify them in her diary.  She is unaware of how to classify or even react to the growing sexual awareness that was inevitable.  Her hormones dictate some of her writing in this part of the novel and she is struggling to validate how she feels emotionally and socially.  Sexual awareness for a girl, even in the most "normal" of circumstances, is difficult to deal with.  Anne has to deal with her "growing up" with a perspective skewed by captivity.

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Never mind i just figured it out (using my brain) that anne frank was unsure at the time because she does metion in the diary of how she goes into ectasy when she sees the naked figure of a womens body and how she loves to fell on her breast and how she wants to feel her friends breast and also how she wanted to kiss her friend(a girl) and she did. The only thing she could do was wonder example: i wonder what it will be like if i kill some one you noe but she didnt noe what to do she was at a stage of unsureness and was trying to find herself

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