Saturday, November 03, 2007

Scary things about adoption #2: MySpace Baby Trollers

Q. Hey, where do young women hang out?

A. MySpace!

Q. And what happens to young women sometimes?
A. They get knocked up!

So what better place to post your Hoping To Adopt or Adoption Agency shingle than MySpace?

Yep they’re out there with their boilerplate enticements for scared young women, they know this is a difficult decision for you (actually, they wouldn’t have a freaking clue now, would they?), they’re honored (not really, because at their core, they feel they’re better than you) you would consider them, they’ll love (covet) your baby, they promise letters, phone calls and visits (for a while, until they determine it’s not in their child’s best interest to continue contact with you), they have galleries of their suburban McMansions (because obviously you could never afford to give your baby all this, right) and details of all their fun trips to cool places like Belize and Seychelles (ditto on the you can’t afford this stuff)

I know what you’re saying, c’mon Theresa, MySpace has millions of users, so what’s wrong with a few fun loving couples desperately hoping to be parents placing their ‘Dear Birthmother’ letter where all the kids hang out? After all there can’t be that many of them right? So what’s so bad about that?

Everything.

Including MySpace’s Terms of Service

Section 8.3 prohibits profiles that exploit people in a sexual manner. If you think calling an expectant mother a birthmother and preying on her fear and vulnerability isn’t at its core the sexual exploitation of women, there’s something seriously wrong with you.

These vultures break all barriers. Lust for another woman’s baby or the desire to make a profit off her body is the great equalizer. Gay, straight, 20-somethings, 30-somethings, 40-somethings, Liberals, Conservatives, Republicans, Democrats, Christian, Pagan, you name it, they’re out there in unity hoping to inflict PTSD and a lifetime of identity issues, either out of God's calling or their own desire. And no one blinks an eye.

Now that's scary.



10 complaints from ingrates:

Mary November 3, 2007 at 3:57 PM  

Knew someone (online) who printed up business cards (wanting to adopt etc) and would put them in the pockets of maternity clothes at WalMart. gag

Jenna November 3, 2007 at 5:49 PM  

Yep. It happens. When Josh and I announced this pregnancy and I put up a belly picture on my MySpace profile, I was solicited by Lifetime Adoptions. I was seriously sick to my stomach for days.

Days.

And it wasn't morning sickness.

Erika November 3, 2007 at 8:53 PM  

The internet in general has been both a blessing and a curse.Thousands of people have been able to reunite thru the net and I have no doubt that websites like origins and blogs have educated women on the dangers of relinquishing.
unfortunately the trolls are out there and the internet is their new tool.i pray that women recognize these people for who they really are.

Lauren November 3, 2007 at 9:13 PM  

That creeps me out. Ew.

You know, I also came across a blog today that was 100% solicitation for a baby. It reeked of desperation and baby-lust.

Maybe it's just today....

Laurel November 4, 2007 at 2:46 AM  

Ugh! I don't MySpace, so I had no idea there were so many of them. Does reporting them for violation of section 8.3 do any good?

Ungrateful Little Bastard November 4, 2007 at 9:55 AM  

I remember hearing about one that was taken down, but there was a reference to $$$ in it, and I think that's why they did. Otherwise no.

Paragraphein November 4, 2007 at 9:57 AM  

And what's really maddening is so many people truly can't/won't see why this is wrong.

(Banging head on desk)

Michelle November 5, 2007 at 12:12 AM  

holy crap, there are dozens of them on each friend list; "hoping to adopt", "the loving choice" wtf?

Ungrateful Little Bastard November 5, 2007 at 10:55 AM  

Yeah it's just advertising, what's wrong with that? Isn't finding babies for couples what adoption is all about?

Libby November 5, 2007 at 1:14 PM  

Gawd. I had no idea. Just, yuck. Thanks for posting this.

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