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Woman faces prison after setting boyfriend's penis on fire

An instance of anti-male and pro-female bias in reporting by the media

By Walter Schneider

With material from Canadian Press, CanWest News Service, Edmonton Journal, Calgary Sun, Regina Leader-Post, and, last but not least, The Buzz


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Woman faces prison after setting boyfriend's penis on fire

Canadian Press

Sept. 12, 2006 07:37 PM MONTREAL - Sentencing arguments will begin in November for a woman who followed in the footsteps of Lorena Bobbitt, the Virginia woman who gained infamy in 1993 for slicing off her husband's penis.

Andree Rene's weapon of choice was fondue fuel.

Following an argument in April, 2001, the woman set her boyfriend's penis on fire as he slept.

The 52-year-old man suffered third-degree burns in the pelvic area and on his chest. He spent a month in hospital.

Rene was found guilty of aggravated assault last year.

Sentencing arguments begin Nov. 21.

It's not clear why so much time elapsed between conviction and sentencing.

The maximum sentence is 14 years in prison.

The Crown attorney said he will ask for a jail term, but wouldn't elaborate on how many years in prison he will seek.

Rene remains free on bail until sentencing.

Legal analyst Steven Slimovitch said Rene could avoid a jail sentence, unless she acted with premeditation.
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Hmm, well, it could work out that way.  I mean that Andree Rene will be able to convince the judge that she acted without premeditation and that she will therefore stay out of prison.

She could have the habit of keeping the fondue fuel on her night-stand, in case she feels like having a snack when she has trouble sleeping.  Furthermore, it could be that she habitually sleeps with a lighter taped to her fingers.  It could be that she spilled some of the fondue fuel and lit it by accident while she was still half asleep, never realizing that her boyfriend's penis wasn't the burner on her fondue stand.  Or it could be that she sleep-walks.  Or, if all of that fails, it could be that her inner demons made her do it.  That last excuse never fails to work if all other excuses don't.

Under no circumstance could it possibly be that she did it because she is cruel and enjoyed doing it.  Nah, no woman can be like that, right?  Moreover, women never lie and have permanent headaches because their halos are on so tight, right?  (As the article at this link shows, in at least one area of concern women are at the very least 22 times more likely to lie than men are.)

It is worth watching for the outcome of the sentencing hearing in this case, but don't expect to see too much about it in the media.  With the media now firmly dominated and controlled by feminists and feminist interests, we will not see much in the way of articles expounding on the virtue vs. depravity of this act of extremely painful and potentially lethal genital mutilation committed by Andree Rene.  Chances are that Andree Rene does not face prison at all.  The odds (more correctly: the judicial bias) are against it.

As of today (Sep. 15, 2006), http://news.google.com showed no more than three entries on a search return for the story.  The articles accessible via the links in those entries are shown verbatim in the following list.

  1. Burning desires hit below the belt
    Calgary Sun, Canada - Sep 13, 2006

Burning desires hit below the belt
UPDATED: 2006-09-13 04:06:24 MST


By CP

MONTREAL -- Sentencing arguments will begin in November for a woman who followed in the footsteps of Lorena Bobbitt, the Virginia woman who gained infamy in 1993 for slicing off her husband's penis.

Andree Rene's weapon of choice was fondue fuel.

Following an argument in April 2001, the woman set her boyfriend's penis on fire as he slept.

The 52-year-old man suffered third-degree burns in the pelvic area and on his chest.

He spent a month in hospital.

Rene was found guilty of aggravated assault last year.

Sentencing arguments begin Nov. 21.

It's not clear why so much time elapsed between conviction and sentencing.

The maximum sentence is 14 years in prison.

The Crown attorney said he will ask for a jail term, but wouldn't elaborate on how many years in prison he will seek.

Rene remains free on bail until sentencing.

  1. Woman to be sentenced for burning boyfriend's penis
    Regina Leader-Post, Canada - Sep 13, 2006

Woman to be sentenced for burning boyfriend's penis


MONTREAL (CP) -- Sentencing arguments will begin in November for a woman who followed in the footsteps of Lorena Bobbitt, the Virginia woman who gained infamy in 1993 for slicing off her husband's penis.

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  1. Woman set boyfriend's genitals on fire
    Edmonton Journal (subscription), Canada - Sep 13, 2006

Woman set boyfriend's genitals on fire


MONTREAL - Sentencing arguments will begin in November for a woman who set her boyfriend's penis on fire with fondue fuel as he slept.

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Plus as an added value, you will also have full access to the subscriber exclusive content at all of our newspaper websites. For a complete listing see "Newspapers" below.

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I would like to find out more about the benefits of subscribing

Non-subscribers can still read a selection of EdmontonJournal.com stories and access all features on canada.com. For more information, edmontonjournal@reachcanada.com or call us at 1-800-249-4695.

I am afraid that the Edmonton Journal is not capable to live up to its promises, unless it is for a price.  I am subscribed to the print edition of the Edmonton Journal and to the Journal's on-line edition.  Therefore I should have been able to access the full text of the article, but I could not.

Today I phoned the customer service rep. (Stephanie) at 1-800-249-4695 to try to get her to tell me where the full text of the on-line version of the story is located.  She was unable to access the story.  I asked her for the section and number of the page the story can be found in, as I have not been able to find the story in the printed version I have on hand.  She could not help me with that but offered to get their library to find the details I need.
   Stephanie called back and told me that the story can be found on page A5 of the Sep. 13, 2006 edition of the Journal.

I checked that page again and still could not find the story.  Upon calling back to Stephanie, we determined that the reason for the story not being in my copy of their paper is that I receive an early edition of the Edmonton Journal.  However, I still needed to purchase a subscription to their full electronic edition.
    We managed to get that set up (at an extra $5.00/month), and lo-and-behold, there was the story:

Link to story (That link will probably not work for anyone who is not subscribed to the full electronic edition of the Edmonton Journal.)

Woman set boyfriend's genitals on fire

CanWest News Service
Published: Wednesday, September 13, 2006
[Edmonton Journal - late city edition, p. A5 ]

MONTREAL - Sentencing arguments will begin in November for a woman who set her boyfriend's penis on fire with fondue fuel as he slept.

The 52-year-old man suffered third-degree burns in the pelvic area and on his chest. He spent a month in hospital.

Andree Rene was found guilty of aggravated assault last year. She remains free on bail until sentencing.  The maximum sentence is 14 years in prison but legal analyst Steven Slimovitch said Rene could avoid a jail sentence, unless she acted with premeditation.

 The Edmonton Journal 2006

The story is a verbatim, short excerpt from the original Canadian Press story.  Aside from that, I have no idea how the Edmonton Journal gets permission to publish a Canadian Press story under the name CanWest News Service (is plagiarism involved?), it seems that, even if that story had been contained in the early print edition of the Edmonton Journal I received, I could still easily have missed it on account of it having been downplayed even more by the Edmonton Journal than by the Canadian Press. 
    You and I know that if some man had mutilated a woman in a similar manner, that story would have made the front pages of newspapers the world over.  Moreover, the man would not be out on bail.  He would be securely locked up, as Andree Rene should be but isn't sentence having been pronounced or not. 

Perhaps the Edmonton Journal did not have enough space for the full story, and perhaps the Journal simply thought that it is not worth investigating it.  Nevertheless, it is obvious what the Edmonton Journal's priorities are. 

Update 2006 09 17: A response by a reader of this web page

While I hadn't heard of this incident in the media it doesn't surprise
me. At the time of the Bobbitt affair a Toronto Sun columnist ran a
piece about male genital mutilation by female partners. Their medical
source indicated there was a couple of such incidents every month
arriving at Toronto emergency wards. If true, I don't recall any single
case being mentioned in media. The Star would have it in headlines if it
were a man inflicting it on a woman.

Edmonton Journal gives corporate (Telus) Affirmative Action program for women priority over men's suffering

In contrast to the extremely small amount of space devoted to a story that described a woman's potentially lethal assault on a man that gravely injured him, page G5 of the same edition of the Journal sports a half-page story on a non-existent problem, "Glass ceiling has yet to be shattered: Women making progress getting senior manager jobs, but the rate of change is glacial".  That story shows a large photo with the caption "Andrea Goertz, vice-president of enterprise services at Telus Corp., helped set up a woman's network that is a valuable resource."

I spent most of my professional life working for Telus.  There was a woman's network in place before I retired in 1991.  Moreover, there was a men's network in place then that appeared to have the sole purpose of supporting the women's network that then existed.  What makes me say that is the fact that the corporate climate became more and more politically correct as the years went by, and that a good many women, far more than men, became promoted to senior management positions whose demands far exceeded the level of competence that many of those women had at their disposal.

Mind you, a good number of men promoted then into senior management positions were what Arnold Schwarzenegger so famously referred to as "girliemen".  I guess that some of those who did the promoting were more comfortable with female managers who possessed a level of competence that was similar to their own.
    The rest is history.  The quality of service provided by Telus went downhill.  For one thing, while it used to take a day or so to get a telephone working when someone needed to have a new telephone service installed in an existing residence, it now takes many days, to half a year in some locations.
    Here is an example of Telus' attitudes in relation to that:

15/09/2006 8:54 PM

A couple of weeks ago I phoned Telus to see when they would be providing high speed to us "rural customers" and the young fart I got on the phone said "NEVER" and, when I commented on that, helpfully suggested....."well, you could relocate somewhere nearer an urban area".

Bye for now,

Mary xxxxxxxxxxx

Mary put her money where her mouth is and switched to a different telecommunication services provider for her and her husband's business (Alberta Communications, see their service areas)

As to the glass ceiling set by the Edmonton Journal's priorities in relation to the quality of reporting potentially lethal assaults on men and the rate of change towards more equitable reporting standards for men's issues, that is retrogressing not at a glacial pace but at the speed of quicksilver on a tilted surface.  But can anyone expect better when feminists' feelings are used as a substitute for objective, good reporting and editorial priority setting?

A good outcome of my investigation into the handling of story of the penis-burning is that I concluded that I must move the telecommunication services I am still receiving from Telus to a provider more concerned with providing good service than with intensifying the promotion of affirmative action for women.  Another one is the conclusion that it seems hardly worth the effort and money to subscribe to the Edmonton Journal.  I know for a fact that during the Nazi regime many people thought that the Voelkischer Beobachter wasn't worth anything other than to be used as a substitute for the toilette paper that could no longer be had.  And I thought I would be able to get away from propagandistic and censored newspapers by emigrating to Canada in 1962....How wrong I was!

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Posted 2006 09 15