Overheard on CNN.com: Cutting off men’s 'junk' isn’t funny
A South California woman is in jail after cutting off her husband's penis; readers say it's no laughing matter
July 13th, 2011
04:27 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Cutting off men’s 'junk' isn’t funny

Comment of the day:
“If this were Chuck Norris, right now they'd just be fixing the garbage disposal." - Aezel

Wife cuts it off

Things went from bad to worse for a divorcing Southern California couple when Catherine Kieu Becker allegedly drugged her husband, cut off his penis, threw it into the garbage disposal and turned the mechanism on. Becker has been booked into the Orange Country jail and the victim underwent emergency surgery at the UCI Medical Center.

Some CNN.com readers joked about the incident while other readers cried foul for making light of a serious physical attack.

First the lighter comments:

ytuque said, “Maybe my ex-wife wasn't so bad after all?”
Ethnya said, “Take the house, take the car, take the children, but do NOT take my junk!”
themaestro74 said, “The garbage disposal?! I may never get an erection again because of this story!”
oneoarout said, “Odds are, next time you hear the disposal you grab your junk!”
mjm223 said, “She'll be acquitted of the charges; The prosecution won't be able to prove that his penis didn't just detach itself and then accidentally drown in a swimming pool.”
AlteredBeast said, “Why would any man want to divorce such a sweet flower?”
cabinguy said, “Not the good kind of early retirement...”
tmelcher4 said, “At least Lorena had the decency to just throw it out the car window, c'mon.”

And those who didn’t want to make light of the incident:

VinProfessor said, “Why do people think violence against men is funny, but violence against women is horrifying?” Fnordian72 said, “Couldn't be.... SEXISM.... could it?” oneoarout said, “When a puppy is beaten, we're horrified. When a rat gets stepped on by a cow, we laugh. Get it?” Bubba01 said, “Because men do most of the violence, and reversals are funny. Also, it's either laugh or scream . . .” JustinCase4u said, “Because men usually deserve it ... however nobody deserves what happened to this guy unless you molested a bunch of children.”

NoSaint1 said, “Nobody would be laughing if it was a man who mutilated a woman's clitoris! It is really sickening how men are treated by women and the media. She'll get a fraction of the time in jail that a man would get. Just watch and see.”

cloud13 said, “In Afghanistan women are often mutilated when they cheat on their husbands. Yet I have a feeling that the same American women who laugh and claim that this man got what he deserved, wouldn't tell a mutilated Afghan girl that she got what she deserved for cheating on her husband.”

bk753 said, “Just watch television commercials. All the dupes, idiots, and morons are white men. We have no group to protect us, and we are emasculated daily. We are perceived as the power and the majority and are fair game for ridicule ... and now abuse.”

lostmind57 said, “White Male Bashing has been Politically Correct for the past two decades. But as in all things eventually the pendulum will swing. And I have not mutilated any women nor has my father; as far as I know, nor has my grandfather. So let us quit stereotyping the white male.”

Netflix price hike

Weeks after Netflix was denied further access to Sony movies via Starz, and movie studios are signaling that their licensing fees may increase significantly, Netflix more than doubled the cost of their movie streaming services. The move left many Netflix customers angry and thousand posted their displeasure online (including Netflix’s Facebook page).

CNN.com readers were torn, though. Many were angry about the higher costs, while others said they understood Netflix’s position and still think their prices are more than fair.

AndrewZar said, “Please, people. Don't ‘threaten to cancel’ – just DO IT. That is the ONLY thing that will show what you feel. I adjusted my plan to drop streaming; it is not valuable enough to warrant the cost.” eekthecat13 responded, “Threaten, THEN do it … you get more mileage.”

Guest said, “I will be dropping Netflix.”

TDPM said, “I think I am going to cancel my Netflix. This is their second price hike in a short time... and I don't even use their service that much.”

CzarChasm said, “Don't get 23 million people used to one price structure for a year after a 20 percent increase, then hike it up by 60 percent on ANY product or service. You will get blowback.”

caseyguilty2 said, “You can stream anything for free; why pay?"

But hurricane9 said, “I assume everyone knows why the prices are going up. Sony is upping their licensing fees by a significant amount. Welcome to Economics 101. Don't blame Netflix, blame Sony.”

Fricsaid said, “Speaking as a video store owner in the 90's, it was nothing for people to come in and spend $10 bucks in one night. Average weekend movie watcher, between $40-$50 a month. And now look. People are bitching for spending less than $20 a month and don't even have to start the car?!”

spudnikidaho responded, “It's psychological. It was a very tangible experience. Now they get the same result by simply clicking a button, not seeing what goes on behind the scenes alienates them from the customer service experience and associated costs of streaming.”

Mother73 said, “I just don't get the anger. There are a ton of other options if you do not want to pay netflix. And really, $8 a month! What would you spend to buy a movie? I own about 300. What does it cost to go to a movie? Took my family of 5 yesterday, was over $50 before the snack bar. Too many people on the "angry monkey" train. $16 a month for streaming and dvd is still cheap. It's less than what you would pay to buy a single movie. But go ahead. Scream, cry, and jump ship. More Bandwidth for my family to suck up.”

Actress with a good heart

Sgt. Scott Moore says it was a bet that made him record a YouTube video asking actress Mila Kunis to accompany him to the Marine Corps Ball. And, it turns out, it was a good one because the actress has agreed to go with him in November.

CNN.com readers cheered for Moore who is in Musa Qal’eh serving his second combat deployment.

amused2000 said, “’I always thought I had a chance, and sometimes that's all you need,’ Moore says. You want to know why the Marines are as good as they are? THAT is it, right there. Semper Fi, Sgt. Moore!”

lurgy said, “Faint heart never won fair lady, good for him.”

littlefudge said, “Mila Kunis is officially the coolest celebrity...”

VTCitizen said, “Heh, that lucky #&*@!. Oh well. He has definitely earned it. Thank you for keeping my family and me safe. Semper F.”

paulinnashvl said, “This is a class act by Mila Kunis, no doubt. It's great when people overtly show support for the troops like this.”

OmarComin said, “Stay safe over there brother... you need to come back for this. And who knows maybe she'll dig you in contrast to the Hollywood d-bags she sees on a regular basis.”

jtwblack said, “I'm happy for him, but now everybody is going start asking all sorts of actresses out on YouTube. ‘Drew Barrymore, will you go to Arby’s with me?’ ”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. hippediva

    Then why does it engender so many jokes?

    July 15, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. junkdisposal


    July 15, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. junkdisposal

    Woman are taking over men's worlds starting from the bottom up

    July 15, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lana artez

    I bet she gets away with it, probation at best or a fake conviction that's overturned when the heats off. Of course the book will be next to Casey's new book "how I cashed in on murdering my daughter" and how you can too...an instructional guide.
    Step 1. Lie until everyone involved gets tired and gives up.
    Step 2. Find a Jury that wants to give a crazy verdict so they can write book too. 
    Step 3.  Collect Blood Money

    July 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Gort01

    loriey....i so agree...the whole thing cracks me up....Men are calling for the death penalty....ROFL....payback is a biatch

    July 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. skeptic

    There once was a gal named Becker,
    Who chopped off her mate's peck er,
    She drank some gin,
    And said with a grin,
    Wonder how it would look in a blender.

    July 16, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Su_J

    What a horrific tragedy.... Man is mutilated and how 5 monsters on CBS "The Talk" show react to this: watch the video


    In my opinion these 5 monsters and CBS owes an apology to the women who thinks that their gender is given a bad name.... Man men who are disgusted and feel helpless...

    July 17, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Older, Wiser and no longer hampered by my Uterus

    Two words: Concentration camp.

    Get it?

    July 19, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Su_J

    So that link is taken down: this is other one


    Does CNN has any moral obligation to point out this odiousness against men going on in mainstream media?

    July 19, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. American Rogue

    It is not surprising to me that so many women find Ms. Becker’s actions towards her future ex-husband funny (cutting off his penis and placing it in the garbage disposal)! I have recently observed groups of women hi-fiving each other and drinking shots toasting her act. Would this be funny if a man drugged a woman, tied her to the bed and then severed one or both breasts? I am appalled by this double standard. My freshman year at Georgetown, the nursing school students – future health professionals – hosted the testicular cancer awareness program and advertised it by posting signs all over campus with messages like "Guys do you have both of yours? Attend this lecture to find out how to keep them." Again these are future health professionals! What if breast cancer awareness were promoted in that same manner!?!?! There would have been candle-light vigils and demands for apologies and maybe even the demand for whomever was their academic sponsor for that program to resign!!

    July 20, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. humble horrace

    Well its pretty simple. They guy with the missing penis shouldve tortured her for a week or so...and then killed her. Ya know use a buson burner, some draino in her holes, injected her with air, beat her with a phone book, pierced her ear drums then poured water in her ears, put her in a cage with a hole up top so he could take dumps on her, brought over german shepherds to hump her, pressed her skin with heated metal pipes, gave her a home remedy abortion using a coat hanger, put an electric drill up her coo~terhole...want more you f-ing bytches...

    July 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mehere1968

    i wouldnt do something like that but if there were more laws that dealt with cheating spouses i dont think we would have all this violence.yes i have been cheated on while i worked my ass off at 3 jobs to help get us out of debt so we could move to a state my husband wanted to move to. and he told me all this while i was wrapping christmas presents for his 2 kids that i bought 5 days before christmas. and then he proceeded to ruin christmas for his 2 kids and my 3.. and the bimbo knew he was married and didnt care.. so i can relate and dont say get over it sometimes it isnt that easy and i think all states should have that law that it is criminal to cheat or at least sue them for cheating.and people wonder why women do things like this... what he did was down right cruel me and the all the kids...and they didnt last 3 months
    and now he regrets it all and is with some other bimbo with 6 little kids because i wouldnt spit on him if he was on fire.. lol gotta love karma

    August 6, 2011 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. outawork

    What happens to the good days when women only used superglue?

    August 10, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
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    Funny dating headlines it really is, without a darkness or perhaps whisker regarding hesitation.... Blog ; education ; video archive ; advertising and marketing ; internet marketers ; characters ; creators. Publish articles ; users …tattoo fail

    February 4, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
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