Although I am 44 years old, it no longer surprises me to see myself referred to as a “child” or to have a cutesy-pie baby graphic accompanying an editorial on the right of adult adoptees to access the documents recording their own births (“Fight over adoption secrecy,” Feb. 22). The idea that adult adoptees are perpetual children is one that is promulgated over and over again by the mass media, which ought to know better.
These sorts of demeaning representations are part of the reason I joined Bastard Nation two years ago. It did surprise me to see the author imply that my organization is somehow “outing their own mothers.” This is both inaccurate and insulting.
Bastard Nation’s mission is narrow and very public. We stand for the right of every person to access the documents recording his or her own birth. We also stand for the … Continue Reading