Currently, it seems a good idea to branch an aspect of the current ongoing discussion of adoptive origins to another (this) post, but it should distinctly continue to be cross-pollinated with this post and this post and their comments.
agonizing as it may sometimes turn out to be, our opportunity as adoptees to recognize that “stories told to children” (whether adopted or not) needn’t be monolithic, single-voiced, much less “true,” gives us a major leg up on non-adopted children.
Once a child (non-adopted or not) receives a story of an origin, it becomes enforceable (by the family) and obligatory (within the family). The question has been asked further, what is the utility of such stories (particularly for adoptees) for society at large. This could be asked more generally: how do such fabrications (presented as histories), i.e., stories told to all children of origin, reproduce the status quo we…
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