Instead I am obsessing about adoption again. Some short messages to people I don’t know personally:
To adoptees who are happy to be adopted: The love shared in your adoptive family is real and important. Indeed you have had many opportunities given to you through your adoption. However, the more we know about the past, the more we know that the system that brought you to your loving adoptive family is and has been corrupt. Yes, even in Korea. You will never know the real story of your relinquishment until you find out from your birth family. The ends do not justify the means.
To adoptive parents on message boards: What’s up with giant pictures of your adopted kids? Any other message board in the world, people use small photos of themselves or cartoon characters, etc. to identify themselves. Posting giant pictures of your kids as your own identity is creepy and weird.
To gay adopters: To rip off the idea of a friend of mine who probably doesn’t want to be named, the problem is not that you’re different. The problem is that you’re the same. If you have some idea about oppressive systems already, what are you doing feeding the international adoption system?
To adoptive parents who think I’ll stop criticizing everything after I become a parent: Parenthood is optional. The beauty of feminism is that it gives us choices, e.g., women do not have to be mothers. (Now we have to work on the problem of women who do want to be mothers, but have their children taken away from them instead.)
And in general, it seems that international adoption is sort of like communism, in that it seems like a great idea in theory, but in practice it is not working out so well.