Internalized Oppression and Voice: An Adoptee Activist Perspective

  1. A person with a disability who refuses to associate with other people with disabilities because they think they are ‘inferior.’
  2. A woman who views a victim/survivor of rape with disdain - they may claim they were “asking for it.”
  3. An Italian immigrant (e.g., to Australia) who assimilates and ridicules their heritage or feels ashamed of their culture and discriminates against other Italians immigrants for not being ‘Australian’ enough.
  4. Adopted adults who purposefully admonish or devalue activists who speak about issues in adoption because they want to assimilate or conform with the dominant discourse.

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