Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Heeeere We Go Again
First, let me say that not all adopted people are Stepford Adoptees. There are many who know and accept the simple truth of what adoption is and does. The ones I am speaking of I call Stepford Adoptees because they have been conditioned by their very situation, an unnatural one, to be the caretakers of their adopters' emotional welfare and defender of their actions. They all speak the same words, invariably praising the love they received and how grateful they are (1) to have been "chosen"/adopted (2) not to have been aborted (3) to have been loved so much by their nmom that said moms surrendered them for a "better" life (4) how thankful the adopters are for the "gift" the nmom gave them.
I have a daring concept to present to these Defenders of The Church Of The Adopters. It's called logical, independent thought. Let me say, again, that I am sure there are many, many loving, decent, humane adopters. That doesn't keep them from being part of the problem. As long as there are those who must have a child, regardless, there will be adoption, coercion, Third World theft of infants and toddlers and agency womb raiders. If these people accepted their lot in life and went on to spread the love around rather than looking for an adopted baby to cure their ills, there would be no Industry. Simple business truth. No demand=no supply=no Industry. That is NOT an insult....just a fact.
It's interesting that I receive these protests from the female adoptees. I can't remember the guys ever chiming in. I think that is because the gals are more prone to care-taking. I have to tell these ladies that I have gone head-to-head with a number of adopters and they can pretty much hold their own.
So here are my answers to the above listed responses. (1) You were not "chosen." There is not a baby mart with cribs up and down the aisles. There are agencies and social workers and, from our era, THEY are the ones who decided what couple would get what baby. If you are from the open adoption era, then, your adopters were chosen (with a bit of urging by her "case worker") by your nmom. (2) If you are an EMS/BSE-era adoptee, there was no legal, safe, medical abortion available for your mothers unless their parents were rich enough to induce a doctor to put his license on the line for them. If you are from the post Roe v Wade years, then, had a young women chosen termination, it would all be a moot point. Any one who goes that route is not really cognizant of a "specific who" when terminating. (3)Bullshit!Your nmom surrendered because she had her back to the wall, no choice, no recourse, NADA. If you are a more recent adoptee, your nmom was brainwashed along with the rest of society. (4) No nmom was put on this earth to produce children for another woman. You were not a "gift." You are not a set of coffee mugs or a picture frame wrapped up in pretty paper. You are a human being and the "gift" is to YOU, not your adopters.
I wish I could say that I am among the nmoms who were relieved to find that their appropriated children were raised by the finest possible adopters. What most of us find are that the ones who adopted our children were no better than we were at child rearing and some, not as good. Most of us can say that their children did not have a "better" life without us. It was different, but not better. Your adopters are not saints or paragons. They are normal human beings with flaws...some better, some worse, but all simply human.
So are we, and we love our children, most of us, unconditionally. But we are not objects, breeding stock, harlots or abandoners. We did the only thing we could do under horrendous circumstances. We were promised the impossible and many of us found damaged adults when we reunited. "Perfect" parents wouldn't allow their children to have emotional problems, now, would they?
Adopters assume their halos. We earned ours.
(Oh, and to my many adopted friends, I didn't mean YOU. 'kay?)