I’m pretty immune to NAAM propaganda. National Adoption Awareness Month has an agenda and they push it. Bastard Nation has an agenda and we push it. So does Walmart, BP, Ted Cruz, and the pick-up chicken place around the corner from my house. So what? You either buy it or you don’t. I hope that people are smart enough to know when they are being offered legitimate information or being sold a bridge in Brooklyn. Mythology sells, reality bites.
Then there is this,which makes me wonder if that maxim works for AdoptionLand:
Now,I know of a few very open adoptions where (and I don’t mean this facetiously) a sort of “one happy family” has been created. This took a lot of commitment and hard work. I also know some closed adoption adoptees who have been reunited with their original families where both the birth and adoptive parents get along quite well. (Some adoptees might argue “too well.”) Both cases are an exception.
But, can anyone actually believe this NAAM poster? Come together through adoption? Come together right now over me? That’s not what adoption is about.
It reminds me of the title of Emily Hipchen’s wonderful adoption memoir, Coming Apart Together,
Propaganda like NAAM’s looks awfully close to cultural appropriation. Or inviting your maid and her kids to sit at your Thanksgiving table. Remember when Adam Pertman opined that international adoption could bring world peace?
Is praying that a family will be broken up so you can have one really God’s agenda? According to NAAM propaganda, it is, Or is it?. As Rosie O’Donnell so notoriously said, “God put you in the wrong tummy and I have to fix it.”
National Adoption Awareness Month was established to promote the adoption of available children in foster care–kids who actually need families. Now we have pastel prayer sheets to bring newborns to those who need them. Prayer for a commercial, yet intimate, transaction,to construct a “family” through statute.
Thanks to Jenette Yamamoto for finding this graphic.
Addenda: For more NAAM images go to its FB page.While most pics are typical, I was very disturbed to see this one:
A headless and legless pregnant woman.I need to write about this some more, but I don’t have time tonight Let’s start with the objectification of the pregnant body and women as body parts.