Great piece which I have reblogged. I would only caution us not to paint false lines between “First” and “Other” worlds concerning the treatment of women. For all the talk of “honor crimes” it boggles the mind that the majority of women murdered in major American cities are victims of someone they know, usually a male partner. Educational parity is much greater in certain parts of the world we are indoctrinated to see as “backwards”. And more Muslim countries have had women heads of state than Anglo-Saxon ones. I’m not playing tit for tat, I’m just trying to clarify that this issue is global and there is no safe haven within the “First World” to take a moralistic higher-ground stand (again, not an accusation, just a reminder).
For the countries purported to be “democracies” also just happen to sign on to neo-liberal economic policies that provide them the status of being the highest traffickers of women in the world. In terms of unwillful displacement, there is, unfortunately, a disturbing correlation between this and high rates of adoption. As eloquently stated by all the links above listed, the day adoptive mothers see an activation along lines that bond them with the women they see as providing children to them will be a unique and revolutionary moment.
Adoption is a feminist issue. If the word ‘feminist’ is scary to you and gives you visions of suffragettes, bra-burning, hairy legs, big butch dykes with No 2 haircuts, girls with lipstick and false nails, female CEO’s and/or makes you uncomfortable, just substitute the words ‘civil rights’, ‘justice’ or ‘human rights’. Feminism is simply about those things and not to be feared except by those who wish to deny justice, the human rights of women and decent, humane treatment of women and girls. I wrote in my last post of the abuse and denial of the rights of women and girls – about the child brides of Turkey – one in four marriages in that country involves a child bride; the mass ceremonies of genital mutilation of girls in Indonesia. We read or view documentaries on the ‘dying hills’ of the villages in China for the disposal of unwanted and…
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