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Opinion: Schenk's Seven Dirty Words 

“A penis is a vagina on steroids,” Those were the terrible words that American Flatbread founder George Schenk uttered in his commencement speech at Colchester High School, according to a reporter who probably doesn’t want to be named.

Schenk was warning students of the health risks of smoking, among which he named erectile dysfunction in men and similar problems in women. It was here that he compared female equipment to male.

He said he only meant to get the kids’ attention. Mission accomplished.

But the words were considered so assaultive — several sources named grandmothers as particularly vulnerable — that the district issued an apology to the community and embargoed broadcast of the speech on community TV.

And, as Ken Picard reported this week, no media, er, organ would print the sentence (until now).

Perhaps editors could not substantiate its biological accuracy.

Ed. Note: Judith Levine writes the bi-weekly column, Poli Psy.

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Judith Levine

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Judith Levine is the author of four books, including Not Buying It: My Year Without Shopping and Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children From Sex. Her column, "Poli Psy," appears biweekly in Seven Days.

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