I went through my articles and journal entries last night, to see what would be appropriate to start with for this blog. I looked at articles on helping moms keep their babies, on coercion, on teen pregnancy, on reunion, on language … and they all appeared to be the second chapter in a book. The introduction and chapter 1 was necessary first. What was my personal experience with the social construct called “adoption”? What led to my opinions today?
Personally, I believe that my writing on these topics should not in any way be read in light of my personal experience — but it is a fact that my experience is what led me to examine these topics. It is not because of them that I hold the views I do, because I know that there are people who were adopted, people who have adopted, and people with no experience with adoption who also hold these opinions and agree with me. But I also think that it is necessary to (1) let the reader know a bit about me, as this is a blog and people like to know a bit about the writer, and (2) show you what experiences led me to this position of reflection, analysis, and critique of current and past adoption practice.
I would like your feedback of course — do you want to hear the tale of how my baby and I were separated by adoption 28 years ago? Or is this information irrelevant? I leave it up to you.