Arline’s comment (“here is a shout that will stand up for millions of women and freedom for adoptees”) set me to thinking about the role of women on both sides of the adoption event/divide, in the sense that it maps on to a support for adoption from the so-called “progressive” end of the political spectrum which allows a class-based privilege to trump any empathetic activism for those affected most by the adoption industry.
I think the same can be said of those who otherwise speak of women’s rights, feminisms, anti-patriarchal stances, etc. or who seem themselves as “progressives” in the realm of reproductive health, a woman’s control of her own body, etc.
I won’t add links or post my thoughts just as yet; I’m curious to see where this fits in to our lives as adoptees, as daughters, as mothers, as supporters of progressive social activism, and so I open it up to you all: Can we talk of women’s rights and adoption? Is there a misogyny, an anti-feminist stance/discourse inherent in adoption as we know it?