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Jimmy Kimmel: Have you thought about circumcision?
Snooki: Oh of course.
Jimmy Kimmel: What are your feelings on that?
Snooki: I definitely want him circumcised. Because then I feel like he won't get laid, if he doesn't.
Jimmy Kimmel: If he's not?
Snooki: I'd be like what is that? So, yeah. I want him to have a normal penis.
Jimmy Kimmel: And Jionni's okay with this?
Jimmy Kimmel: He wants the same thing?
The WHOLE Network Responds:
An Open Letter to Snooki
We, The WHOLE Network, ask that you reconsider your decision to circumcise your son.
Your reasons listed for circumcising included both a concern for his future sex life, as well as circumcising to ensure that his penis is “normal.”
The fact is, if your son was allowed to remain intact (uncircumcised), he would actually be a part of the majority. Worldwide, only 30% of men are circumcised. In the United states, approximately 55% of boys are circumcised at birth, and that rate is dropping every year. Maybe circumcision was considered normal at one time in the United States, but this is no longer the case. Moving forward, intact is actually the new normal.
Even if intact wasn't currently considered normal... what is normal? Are you normal? Am I normal? Is anyone? If we were all the same, just imagine how boring life would be. We should embrace our differences, not reject them. We should teach our children to love themselves as they are, and to embrace diversity.
You stated that your son would not be as popular with the ladies if he isn’t circumcised. Well, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mario Lopez, Russell Crowe, Will Smith, Colin Farrell, Dane Cook, and Robert Pattinson (to name a few) would beg to differ! These men don’t seem to have have any trouble finding a date, and as intact men they and their partners are able to enjoy sex as nature intended. If you circumcise your son, he will lose over 50% of the mobile skin on his penis, making the organ smaller. His glans will become dry and keratinized. Over 20,000 fine-touch nerve receptors will be permanently removed; literally the most sensitive part of his penis will be gone forever. This loss in sensitivity will lead to a greater likelihood of erectile dysfunction later in life. If the surgery goes wrong, he could lose his glans or his entire penis. He could even lose his life.
Snooki, we know that you love your son and that you just want what’s best for him. For the above reasons and also because no major medical organization in the world recommends routine infant circumcision, we ask that you respect your son’s right to bodily autonomy. We ask that you take your WHOLE baby home.
The WHOLE Network
Update: Snooki and Jionni welcomed baby boy