Sunday, October 10, 2010
My Very Own String Theory
Just as the doll to have when I was a kid was Tiny Tears, so did Chatty Cathy become the "in" toy for the little girls of the 1960's. I was disappointed when the daughter of a family friend showed off her prized Cathy. You made the doll talk by pulling the string in her back and were rewarded with a litany of canned phrases, such as "I Love You" and others. The quality was tinny and reflective of the technology of the times and the little record inside would often get off track or the stylus would jump or whatever and what you would get would be gobbledy-gook (another scientific term).
So here is my "string theory" with apologies to Hawking and other great minds and it is about the adoption tail wagging the mother/adoptee dog. The Chatty Cathy adoptee is happy, happy, happy and, when you pull their string, they say, "Thank you, B****mother, for not aborting me," "I am so grateful to be adopted," and "I'm special because I was chosen." Some even say "I don't need to know my biological roots because it might hurt my (adopters)." Those who refuse to parrot those phrases are ungrateful CC's with a defective recording. What naughty adoptees! The Chatty Cathy adoptees will often challenge the non-CC adoptee with other canned comments such as "I am happy and have NO adoption issues."
The Chatty Cathy Natural Moms are another breed of doll, altogether. Pull their string and their recording will deliver such gems as "I am happy that I relinquished/placed/gave up my baby so he/she could have a better life." On the same reel are the stock phrases "I made my decision and I have to live with it," "This was God's plan for me," "The people who adopted my child are the REAL parents," and "I am a hero, I am a hero, I am a hero..ooops..tape got stuck." Non-CC Nmoms are called bitter and unable to leave the past behind them. It is postulated that they just didn't come off the assembly line with the proper attitude of meek obsequiousness to adopters and the facilitators. What baaaaad beemommies!
Unknown to the general public, they themselves are being made into "Chatty's" by the industry without them realizing they have a string trailing out of their back. Pull theirs and they say "Adoption is a warm and wonderful thing," "Those poor infertile people deserve a baby" and "What about all those dumpster babies." The churches are already marketing their own Chatty's who say "Adopt, don't abort." It comes from the big screen, the small screen, the assorted media including news media and the pulpit and it is fitted into the CC Citizen without them even knowing it.
So with a pull of a string, the Industry and those who support it have a Greek Chorus of approval for their legalized crimes of coercion, brainwashing and taking another woman's child. Then some wonderful adopter gets the child they wanted, ready-made to take on their adopters' emotional welfare.
That's great for the Chatty Cathys, but us Tiny Tears get bupkis...well, unless you call the ability to wet your pants a plus.