Is Adoption Funny?

Lori Lavender Luz, aka Lori Holden, is a blogger and author about the complexities of adoption. Recently there has been a lot of “traffic” on her blog post regarding her entry from possibly a year ago regarding using adoption as a punchline. I’ve been pondering this notion myself for a while now.

Is adoption “funny”?

I think this meme is funny and cute, but then again, I’m a Cat Lady AND I’m like OMG! Penguins! Squeeee!!!!:b260ea98101b763db7e5be69eeb3674a.jpg

However, when adoption is used to belittle someone regarding their intelligence, mindset or lifestyle, it is not much different than using the “R” word. I will not bother to share a meme/joke of this ilk lest it offends and triggers my adoptee colleagues.

Bravo to Lori Lavender Luz/ Lori Holden for speaking up about the adoption joke she overheard. Her story regarding said incident can be found here:

https://lavenderluz.com/2017/11/adoption-punchline.html?fbclid=IwAR3z7j-7_3EmAxrqIAUbSnf7g8p64XqXQIwGd3qZ-fd3wJW6HTqu7Jv5rp0

Not only did she speak up, but Lori also did it with class and eloquence. I hope the parent who was innocently joking around got the point.

I hope I can follow the example she’s set should this ever happen to me.

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Comments

  • Lori Lavender Luz  On February 7, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Thanks for the mention, Paige. I really like how you put these two examples next to each other to illustrate that intention matters.

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