Oh, I was probably about maybe 6 [years old] or something like that—I saw a little boy who was not circumcised, and I asked my parents, you know: "What's going on with this kid? Why does he look different?" They explained that I had been circumcised—that I had undergone an operation; [the explanation] was very brief and I didn't press any more questions.
So, that made me very indignant—that this is something [about which] people are lied to. People think of it as a "trivial" matter when really it's not; you wouldn't be able to [circumcise the adult] me today, for instance—it would be recognized as illegal, and in violation of my autonomy. Yet, essentially, I am
an adult who has been circumcised against his will, and for some reason
it's viewed in a different light, and I don't see how it's different at all, actually. - David Pinckney