Adoption should not be the framework within which children are converted to a religious identity. I find the practice abhorrent, as I find most religious pressure. Politics aside, religion should never be imposed.
We are all individuals, and our interests and desires are formed as much by our biology as our experiences. Those who are raised with their biological parents find corresponding interests driven by genetic similarities, something often completely missing from the equation within an adoptive family setting. When there are no shared interests within a family [...]
The real drugging began in a mental hospital, where I had been brought by my parents, against my will. I cannot recall the precise timeline of events. I do know specific dates, because I spent specific amount of time in the hospital setting, and I know I celebrated my 17th birthday behind its walls. I [...]
I remember the LA Riots as the thing that was happening when I was locked up. I only recall the newspaper headline, and half a photo, seen through the grill of a vending machine outside the mental hospital, a Meier-affiliated Christian mental hospital my adoptive parents had driven me to in Plano, Texas. I was [...]
(Or, That First Whirling Scar)I have post-traumatic stress disorder. It is this complicated notion of trauma that is central to my desire to write, in part for my own process of coming to terms with my PTSD, but also in an attempt to provide a voice, albeit one among many, to call for a cultural [...]
In the abstract, the adoptee is positioned across two tensions of the state - the assumption and legitimation of identity, and the power of the State to maintain an arbitrary secret indefinitely. When an identity is held tenuously, when identity is the first injury, individuals will find challenges to identity and authority re-traumatization, and suffer [...]