How To Piss Off Adoptive Parents

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11 Responses

  1. Al says:

    *And* there's no MILF category!?

  2. Ken says:

    Dude, you just got me in trouble with my wife.

  3. Patrick says:

    The primary sponsor is Teleflora, an online flower delivery service. I'm sure they'd be interested in hearing from adoptive fathers (who I'm sure buy most of their flowers) two days before Mothers' Day.

    They can be contacted here:

    I'd been planning to send flowers to my mom in addition to visiting her and giving the real present, as she's been in the hospital. Out of deference to you Ken, I'll use FTD,

  4. N says:

    Thanks for the linkage, Patrick.

    Thumbs down to NBC on this one.

  5. Mike says:

    I note how you used "parent" in your posting Ken. Is it possible that when someone uses the term "Mother" or "Mom" they are implying it means that the individual in question physically spawned the child?

    Similar to how people suggest that "marriage" is the union between a man and a woman – and nothing else. I'm not saying it's right or wrong, just making an observation.

    I don't know what language you'd use (in this case)_ to acknowledge the female. "America's Favorite Female Parent" doesn't sound as catchy. And quite frankly, it insults me.

  6. Ken says:

    If they are implying that, it's an offensive implication. But you may be right.

  7. Patrick says:

    We don't have kids Mike, nor do we intend to have them, and I certainly have no dog in this fight. But I've always considered adoptive mothers to be just that: mothers. I daresay that's probably the case for an overwhelming majority of people, not to mention American law and custom.

    And this isn't a show about linguistics, semantics, or legal definitions. It's a stupid filler show intended to draw in people who have nothing better to do than watch tv shows about America's favorite mom (the answer is my mom), and the producers made a mistake which, when pointed out to them, should have been corrected immediately.

    A very expensive mistake, I hope. Now they've taken a fluff television show and turned it into an attack on the way a large number of parents view themselves. There are millions of adoptive parents in this country, and they buy their share of GE lightbulbs and flowers. What on earth was NBC thinking?

  8. Four Kitties says:

    This isn't about the word mother being technically defined as a female parent. It's about Mom — the one who raised you, the one who made your lunches and checked your homework, the one who cleaned up after you when you were sick, the one who put bandanges on your knees and kissed it to make it better, the one who made sure you had on clean underwear and taught you to look both ways. You know, Mom.

    An error such as this tells me that too many people still don't *get* adoption, which I find horribly sad.

  9. Al says:

    Sorry about that. But, unless I'm mistaken as to why, that was a total rookie move.

  10. Gibbie says:

    They've changed the description of the woman with seven children now. They've also added a mea culpa at the beginning of the page. They must have been hammered yesterday, as well they should have.

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