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Jimmy Kimmel Gives a Sly Thumbs-Down to Circumcision

March 25, 2015

jimmy kimmelIn recent days, celebrity news has been aflutter with talk that Jimmy Kimmel “had surgery on his penis … twice!”  Though we don’t know exactly when, it appears that as an adult Kimmel underwent two “horrible” operations to reopen his urethra when “it just kind of closed up on its own.”

What nobody’s saying is that Jimmy almost certainly experienced not two but three horrible penis surgeries. And the first one – his circumcision – was responsible for the other two.

Meatal stenosis, the narrowing of the penis’s opening, is one of the most common complications of circumcision. It can occur years or even decades later, because cutting off the foreskin disrupts the normal blood flow in the penis, causing it to atrophy and scar over time.Do we think that a well-informed guy like Kimmel didn’t do some research on what caused his ailment? If you Google “meatal stenosis,” you’ll see source after source confirming that the condition virtually never occurs in intact (i.e., “uncircumcised”) guys.

So I think Kimmel does know, and I think he’s sent us a sly thumbs-down message about circumcision. Check out the coincidental March 15 release of his special Obama edition of “Lie Witness News,” in which, after she supposedly fails to spot the lie about “the President’s newborn son Marcus,” a pretty young woman boldly tells parents: ”You don’t have to circumcise if you don’t want to.”

You go, girl! And, Jimmy, thanks for giving us a heads-up!

Georganne Chapin

18 Comments leave one →
  1. ianbrettcooper permalink
    September 16, 2015 10:04 am

    I would be careful about giving Kimmel too much credit. He doesn’t seem too well endowed in the brain department.

  2. Tom Arnold permalink
    August 4, 2015 3:11 pm

    So, if one reason why you’re against circumcision is the baby doesn’t want it, what are your thoughts on abortion? After all, shouldn’t the baby be able to choose if it lives or dies? Is that not the ultimate choice, life and death? And most importantly, whose choice is it to make?

    • August 5, 2015 12:36 am

      No matter when you believe human rights begin, they surely do not end at birth. Let folks work to end suffering in the ways they are best equipped to do so and there will be less suffering.

    • Gianluca permalink
      October 28, 2015 3:18 pm

      Just because there is such a thing as abortion it does not imply that the body of a child should not be protected.

  3. July 31, 2015 9:00 am

    Reblogged this on oogenhand and commented:
    Meatal stenosis is the side effect of keratinization, which will also occur if you vigorously clean the genitals.

  4. May 28, 2015 8:14 am

    On a rare occasion when this urethra problem comes up, I’m always tempted to think of it as Hank Hill’s disease, referring to the King of the Hill’s lead character’s affliction which prevented him and Peggy from having more than just the one child, namely Bobby.

  5. May 21, 2015 1:39 am

    This is so disappointing. Whilst it is not clear why he had a circumcision, we know that most adult circumcisions are due to phimosis. Stretching of the foreskin using scientifically based tissue expansion is always preferable to extreme and permanent surgery. Phimosis can be cured at home with gentle foreskin stretching.

  6. Gianluca permalink
    April 2, 2015 1:07 pm

    I wonder how large is the incidence of meatal stenosis in the lifetime of a male circumcised at birth. The wikipedia article states that it is anywhere between 0 and 11%:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meatal_stenosis

    Another article in MedlinePlus states that it is usually not noticed in boys until toilet training:

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001599.htm

    It’s sad that parents are never fully informed about all risks and downsides of circumcision when handed over the consent form in hospitals.

  7. March 26, 2015 4:15 pm

    He could be a more more blatant if he’s opposed to circumcision.

    • Howard. permalink
      March 27, 2015 11:12 am

      I agree – tell it like it is ! The problem with being so subtle is that message will go right over a lot of heads.

  8. March 26, 2015 12:05 pm

    Great post, Georganne! Kimmel does s
    eem to be running a sly campaign of awareness. It strikes me that the gullibility of the respondents reflects the gullibility of those who support cutting!

  9. March 25, 2015 5:34 pm

    Kimmel’s family is Italian and Catholic, not Jewish.

    • March 26, 2015 12:35 am

      Thank you for the correction about Kimmel’s religious background. The mistake in the original post has been deleted.

  10. Mary Minshall permalink
    March 25, 2015 3:01 pm

    I looked up Jimmy Kimmel in Wikipedia and found out that he is not Jewish, but, as the encyclopedia states, “the son of Joan (née Lacono), a homemaker, and James Kimmel, an IBM executive. He is, and was raised, Catholic, and as a child served as an altar boy. Kimmel’s mother is of Italian ancestry; two of his paternal great-great-grandparents, Theresa and Christian Kimmel, were German immigrants.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimmy_Kimmel

    I don’t know where this confusion originated, but I believe it may have come from a previous relationship Kimmel had with Sarah Silverman, who is Jewish.

    • March 26, 2015 12:36 am

      Thank you for the correction about Kimmel’s religious background. The mistake in the original post has been deleted.

  11. Mama24-7 permalink
    March 25, 2015 1:13 pm

    I wonder if he’s come across foreskin restoration. Hopefully yes, so he won’t have a need for any further surgeries.

    • March 25, 2015 3:04 pm

      If he watches the late night TV competition he probably knows about it, Jimmy Fallon referenced the Joy of Uncircumcising on his show last fall.

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