So I guess the jokes on me. By posting about it I have inadvertently given them what they wanted…attention. After all there are real adoption issues to deal with that we should be focusing on instead of one person or group with a really sick sense of humor. Does that sum it up?
You know, freedom of speech I get. Satire (as found in say The Onion) I can understand. I even get the use of photos to spruce up the delivery of the joke and really drive it home. Hell, I’ve done both myself right here on this blog. However, you cross a line when you include photographs of children along with connotations of se*ual exploitation. When you create a website such as that, chalk full of defenseless children’s photographs it becomes something way beyond satire. It becomes criminal. What’s that you say? It’s not against the law? Well we of ALL people should be able to appreciate that just because something isn’t TECHNICALLY illegal doesn’t mean it should be going on.
Please explain to me what adoption reform is really all about? Why do we spend day after day banging our heads against the wall to change the way the adoption industry does business? I know we speak out to try and amend injustice served upon us personally but I truly believed the main reason was to speak up for all of the children who can’t speak for themselves both present and future. I really thought that was the main point to our work. Honest to God I did.
It’s probably true that our efforts are better spent dealing with real life issues instead of tripe like that website but the lines are still blurred for me. I still feel child exploitation is child exploitation regardless if it is delivered in the form of a fictitious website by someone with too much time on their hands or delivered by some unscrupulous agency dressed up like a stork.
The sad truth of the matter is that this website isn’t that far off the mark of what goes on in the adoption industry every single day. Maybe that’s in part why I find it so entirely disturbing. I don’t know anymore and I’m just so tired. So damn tired.
One thing I do know with every fiber of my being is that at the end of the day I do not, nor will I ever see any humor in this.