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At the risk of once again of turning my DMs into a raging dumpster fire, can we have a serious conversation about the trend of viral videos showing the moment a child is told they will be adopted? As an adoptee, I'm pretty taken aback when they appear in my feed
These videos are overwhelmingly made not by the adoptees themselves, but by the adoptive parents, & are most often shared (or even made) without the consent of the adoptee. It's packaging one of their most conflicted and emotional experiences for mass public consumption.
But even if a parent does ask permission? The power imbalance calls that consent into question. Adoptive parents hold the power to grant/deny stability, security, & a permanent family to that adoptee. It creates (albeit unintentionally in most cases) an undue pressure to consent.
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