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What is “Adoptionism?”

A pro-adoption belief that people who are infertile are entitled to raise the disadvantaged offspring of the poor. By “infertile,” I mean either physically infertile or because of circumstances like being single or in a same-sex relationship. The pro-adoption narrative focuses on individual stories about “abandonment” or “orphanages.” These stories distract from the main issue: what's the best way to help poor and single mothers, domestically and around the world? Adoption is actually a multibillion dollar system, benefiting lawyers, baby brokers, social workers, and religious and so-called charitable organizations. Adoptionism discriminates against single and poor mothers, fuels family dest

How Writers Choose Subjects

My first novel, Adamson's 1969, the coming-of-age story of a Englishman in America, will be published next year. For long-form works such as full-length plays or novels, the subject often chooses the writer, not vice versa. I began 1969 so long ago, I don't recall the moment we agreed to partner, but I can say it's loosely based on my brother's story, with tales from my husband's catalog of youthful adventures. All fiction is a mash-up of biography, autobiography, history, news, yearning, and imagination. I finished the first draft ten years ago. Some people read it and we agreed: it was long and boring. I put the manuscript on a basement shelf and asked my unconscious to solve these problem

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