If nothing else, the huge number of comments that her blog received have many bloggers green with envy. However, I think there is little chance that any of us can come close to matching M.’s satirical expertise. Like her or not, agree with her or not, she is one witty, sharp-tongued diva of the written word.
The diverse reactions came as no surprise. Whenever you talk about the “B” word (that’s birthmother)there will be hot and heavy debates swirling all over the place. That is not what surprised me. What I found somewhat of a revelation was the sheer venom of those who disagreed with M.’s right to even blog about the issue. One commenter is still posting about wanting an apology from her. I guess I don’t get that.
As I also mentioned, my blogging partner wrote several blogs about the issue. One poster harangued her, demanding the posts be removed because she did not believe them to be true. Not only did my blogging partner get angry demands to remove her posts, but she was threatened if she did not. Huh?
Let’s see, I need to sum this up now. The people running the conference first told B.J. not to come if she was not willing to use the term they preferred. Then they changed their minds and reinvited her; she declined. Next, their angry supporters blasted M. Greiner for accusing them of censorship, B.J. for telling anyone about it and demanding apologies for their being “wrong” and saying mean things about Joe Soll.
They blasted mothers (aka birth mothers) who use terms they don’t like and poked fun at our ignorance for not thinking as they do. How dare we “sleep with the enemy” and allow ourselves to be referred to by such a derogatory term, they said. I threw in the “sleeping with the enemy” comment, they did not actually say that. That was how I perceived their comments.
Ironically enough, I agree that the term has become a derogatory term. That is why I prefer it as two words. However, I think we are all entitled to call ourselves what we prefer. If some birth moms want to call themselves, “birthmothers”, they are entitled to define themselves that way.
Next, they jumped on Karen because she did not blog about the story accurately, in their opinion. They demanded that she remove her posts! One of their supporters then emailed me and told me how terrible she thought it was that Karen had allegedly deleted some of their comments and refused to get rid of her blogs on the subject.
To Be Continued………………………………