top of page


Prodigal Skin





The Circumcision of Christ, Albrecht Durer, c.1505,



I have waited a long time
to address what was removed
without my consent
with limbs pinned down
in the name of a greater good.


Without the preliminary discussion
that should have taken place
with parents and medical personnel
and me – if I had not been eight days’ old at the time
and had been aware of the stakes.


And the greater good?
a marker of identity?
a badge of religious constancy?
a prophylactic against disease?
a constraint on sexuality?


I never understood why
male circumcision was considered
until very recently
a custom beyond criticism
a practice beyond reproach.


Whilst its female counterpart
has been the stuff
of international scrutiny
for as long as I can remember
a target of concern.


Don’t get me wrong.
I am not for ablation under (almost) any circumstances.
I just want to hear an argument that explains
why male cutting does not female cutting cut

–  and please give me back my foreskin.

Click here to read in Spanish

Prodigal Skin.png





bottom of page