Monday, November 16, 2009

"Adoption is the New Pregnant"

Check out this hilarious T-shirt, which apparently--based on my perusal on Google--is pretty popular.



PPR_Scribe said...

I can't say I find this "hilarious," but I don't know what I think of it. I guess my gut reaction is that it is nonsensical. Adoption by definition involves pregnancy and always has. Just not the *adopter's* pregnancy. (Except in "embryo adoptions"...but that is a whole other subject.)

So maybe I do know what I think afterall. Nothing clever about the shirt IMO. Just the same old privileging and framing within the experience of adoptive parents.

Liberty said...

Thanks for your comment. I can totally see your point, and hadn't thought of it that way. Guess I was thinking about it along the lines of how adoption is gaining acceptance and popularity so much that people treat it with the same magnitude as pregnancy. Or that people are deciding to adopt instead of getting pregnant, which--depending on how you look at it--can be a good thing, considering all the kids that need homes. (Of course it doesn't get to the issue of WHY there are so many kids in foster care in the first place...that wouldn't be suitable for a short-and-sweet slogan I guess). It's true that of course there is a pregnancy that must happen. And I can see how it might be silencing from a birth parent's POV.

Perhaps I should have considered these implications before deciding what I thought about the shirt, too.

Anonymous said...

Libby, I hadn't really reflected on it until you said that, but I have noticed that adoption has been gaining "popularity" lately (for lack of a better term). I wonder why that is? Suddenly couples I knew in college (who already have a few biological kids of their own) are becoming foster parents and talking about adopting, too. I have peer friends who have one or more biological children who are considering adoption to complete their families. Maybe it's just that I'm only now entering the age demographic of people with growing families, but I really don't remember ever hearing this much about adoption in years past. What are your thoughts?