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Amazon’s New Series Examines The Infamous Lorena Bobbitt Case And The Dichotomy Of The Sexes When It Comes To Sexual Assault Trials

Few household names bring to mind the story of a man’s dismembered genitals like the one of Lorena Bobbit. The Ecuadorian-born woman, best known for severing her husband’s penis with a kitchen knife while he slept, emerged as an appalling headline emblematic of the dichotomy of the perspectives of the sexes. One point of view saw her as a symbol of female resistance in the face of brutal and abusive male toxicity. The other, as a maniacal and sex-obsessed Latina who chopped off her husband’s penis in a bout of jealous rage. Director and producer Jordan Peele sets out to explore the sensational scandal that captured our country’s attention in the summer of 1993 and continues to spark shock, awe, and debate.

“Lorena” is a four-part docuseries directed by Joshua Rofé and distributed by Amazon. This week, its trailer dropped stirring a mass of excitement and anticipation online.

In the trailer, Bobbitt, the lawyers part of the trial,  and those who watched it play out examine the media firestorm twenty-six years later.

Unlike true crime series as of late, “Lorena” promises not only to examine the actual crime and actions of its criminals and victims but to also review the events of the story within the context of other significant sex scandals of the nineties. Scenes from the trailer recall major moments. Flashes of Anita Hill testifying about pubic hairs and coke cans for the Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Clarence Thomas and bits of the Bill Clinton sex scandal bring to mind a time in the early 90s when two genders clashed extensively. As one interviewee in the series trailer notes “it’s still going on.” It’s an utterance that highlights the relevance of the Lorena Bobbitt story in our modern era where the conversation on equality and treatment feels like a rerun of the discussions and debates taking place a quarter of a century ago. Is it possible that Bill Cosby and his former intern popped up in headlines related to #MeToo and that our country watched another man accused of sexual harassment was sworn into the Supreme Court because we failed to make just judgments the first time? Rofé’s revisitation of the trial leads one to expect that it will do its best to do so while reflecting on our past and current conversations related to abuse of power and gender dynamics.


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Twenty-Five Years Ago Lorena Bobbitt Castrated Her Husband, Here’s What She’s Doing Now

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Twenty-Five Years Ago Lorena Bobbitt Castrated Her Husband, Here’s What She’s Doing Now

The name Lorena Bobbitt might not ring a bell for younger generations, but many out there remember her infamous story – the story of a housewife who had enough of her husband’s abuse and retaliated by cutting off his penis and throwing it into a field.

Twenty-five years later, here is the story of Lorena Bobbitt.

The incident and resulting trial shocked and enraptured the entire country.

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It was all over the news, and portrayed in sketches and jokes on late night TV. Everything about the story was salacious and insane, from start to finish. But one person came out on top.

The events turned Lorena into a folk hero.

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Particularly for battered women. The abuse she faced and the actions she took made her almost a feminist icon, though some disagree.

Her ex-husband, John Wayne Bobbitt, on the other hand went in another direction.

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Bobbitt eventually used the fame he got from the incident and became a porn star. Seriously. I guess that’s one thing you can do when your penis becomes a superstar.

Lorena Gallo was born in Ecuador, and raised in Venezuela.

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In 1989, the 20-year-old immigrant became Lorena Bobbitt after marrying John Wayne. The couple lived in Manassas, Virginia, where she worked at a nail salon.

The marriage, however, was anything but bliss.

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During court proceedings, Lorena recounted various incidents of abuse, rape and physical violence at the hands of her husband, as well as verbal abuse and insults, calling her a “Spanish whore.”

That all pushed her to the edge.

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Lorena claimed that the repeated abuse and spousal rape she suffered from her husband led her to take matters into her own hands, just a few days before their fourth anniversary.

In the middle of the night on June 23, 1993, things escalated.

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A drunk John Wayne came home and raped Lorena, according to her testimony. He denied her claim and was later acquitted of that charge in a separate trial.

But she remembers it very clearly.

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“I remember I was sleeping, and definitely, he jumped onto me,” she told Oprah back in 2009. “After that, it was just like a tunnel going through my mind.”

Once he passed out, Lorena went to the kitchen, and grabbed a knife.

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She then went back to the bedroom, threw open the covers and and chopped off John Wayne’s penis at the base. The blood and screaming was instantaneous.

She then took off in her car.

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Lorena took the penis with her and leaving John Wayne screaming and bleeding. What else could she do? She had to get out of there and feared what he would do to her in retaliation.

Lorena drove for hours, eventually throwing the penis out of the window onto a field.

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Later that day, she called 9-1-1 to alert them of them incident. And she let them know exactly what she did with the missing penis.

It took hours for police officers and a search crew to find John Wayne’s penis.

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Once they did, surgeons were able to re-attach it to his body in a grueling 10-hour surgery.

“I looked down and there was blood everywhere,” John Wayne recalled in an episode of the show “Scandal Made Me Famous.” “It was a devastating thing to happen to you suddenly. Suicide seemed like the only answer.”

The ensuing trial and all its salacious details became major tabloid fodder.

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I mean, an abused woman cuts off her husbands penis, flees the scene, and then throws it out of a window? You couldn’t write that shit!

When the jury came back after deliberations, Lorena was acquitted of all charges by reason of temporary insanity.

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The jurors believed Lorena suffered an “irresistible impulse” to cut off her husband’s penis as a result of the abuse she endured. The LA Times reported at the time that when the jury read the verdict, Lorena looked at her lawyer and asked “Is that good?” She was held for psychological observation but later released, and went back to work as a manicurist.

Lorena has lived a relatively quiet life. She eventually became a real estate agent and started a charity.

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Lorena’s Red Wagon Lorena Gallo Foundation, a charity that aids victims of domestic abuse. Today, Lorena lives with her daughter and longtime partner in Virginia.

John Wayne, on the other hand, used his newfound fame and notoriety to explore other career choices.

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He started a band called The Severed Parts and went on to star in a few porno movies, including “John Wayne Bobbitt Uncut” and “Frankenpenis.” Yes. “Frankenpenis.”

And he’s done some TV where he boasted about life after Lorena.

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He’s regularly appeared on TV and radio as well, and claims to have slept with more than 70 women since the incident. He is now a devout Christian and says he holds no ill will toward his former wife.

A couple years ago, Lorena appeared on The Steve Harvey Show, and was met with major applause and she came to the stage.

She’s made the rounds on a few other talk and news shows to discuss the infamous story that captivated America. And people were once again enraptured by the story, especially since many had no memory of this fascinating story.

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Even 23-years years after the incident, she was to recall the details.

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“I found myself in the street with a penis in one hand and the knife in the other,” she told Harvey while appearing on his show. “I’m here to tell you and to tell everyone what happens when a woman gets abused by a man.”

And the incident created political and societal change that made history.

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The trial helped create a national dialogue on domestic abuse, and paved the way for the Violence Against Women Act.

In the end, Lorena came out of the abuse she faced, and the ensuing drama and national infamy to live a happy, healthy, normal life. Which is all she ever wanted. And no matter what anyone says, she is still a hero for many.


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A Woman From Argentina Used Garden Shears To Cut Off The Penis of A Man Who Allegedly Attacked Her

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A Woman From Argentina Used Garden Shears To Cut Off The Penis of A Man Who Allegedly Attacked Her

A 26-year-old architect has been arrested after reportedly cutting off a man’s penis after he allegedly attacked her. The incident, which happened over the weekend in Nueva Cordoba, Argentina, has been gaining the attention of Twitter users.

According to reports, Brenda Barattini used a set of garden shears to cut off the penis of a man who had been inside of her apartment and in her bed at the time.

“There’s justification for what happened,” said Carlos Nayi, Barattini’s lawyer, as reported by Metro UK. “The information I’ve received is that she was the victim of a sex attack.”

Nayi claims that Barattini had allowed the 40-year-old man, who has been identified only as Sergio F., into her apartment because he’s an acquaintance through her brother.

“Once inside, instead of removing a musical instrument as he was supposed to, he attacked her sexually and she assumed a defensive attitude. Whether or not she acted excessively is for the courts to decide,” the lawyer explained.

However, Sergio F.’s lawyer, Eduardo Perez, says his client has a different story.

Perez explained that Sergio F. and Barattini had been seeing each other intimately for several months.

“They were in the middle of things. He wasn’t asleep. They began with a sexual game in which he was blindfolded,” Perez said. “There is evidence that was at the crime scene.”

State prosecuting attorney, Bettina Croppi, says word is still out on whose story matches up with the evidence, but what she does know is that Sergio F.’s condition is “very serious” and that it’s very likely he “lost the ability to be able to father children.” His lawyer also

The attorney also confirmed that the two did appear to know each other, but that the status and nature of their relationship remains unclear. Croppi confirmed that by the time police and paramedics arrived Sergio F. was not tied up and was being helped by neighbors. Perez says Sergio F. is still in the ICU. Gruesome photos from the scene depict images of the alleged weapon and bloody sheets.

For now, Barattini will be undergoing a psychiatric evaluation before facing questioning from authorities involved in the case. She has yet to provide a statement, but has undergone tests to determine whether not she had been raped or sexually attacked.

The case has quickly thrown users across Twitter  back to the Lorena Bobbitt case, which played out in 1993.

In that case, Lorena Bobbitt who goes by her maiden name, Gallo, had allegedly suffered years of domestic abuse and rape at the hands of her husband, John Bobbitt. Gallo chopped off Bobbitt’s penis with a knife while he was sleeping, and then threw it out of her car window while fleeing the scene. A jury ultimately acquitted Bobbitt of rape and determined Gallo was not guilty due to insanity.

The Barattini case has also outraged those who feel the media has been more focused on the penis rather than the allegations of abuse that led up to the incident.

In the above tweet, one user writes: “The media are concerned that Brenda Barattini had scissors for pruning under her bed, but they raped the girl, and well, those things happen. I’m fed up.”

While some are championing Barattini, others believe she went too far. The only general agreement is that it’ll be interesting to see how the story unravels over the course of the investigation and trial.


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