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celebratedrecluse wrote

and yet, not taking them in is also exploitative, for you are exploiting your legal (and perhaps within one's own ethical framework too) ability to simply do nothing without consequence while children suffer and are denied parental relationships-- except with those who are more likely to be abusive, like the religious fundamentalists who adopt children to advance their thanatic worldview.

And furthermore, to take them in while refusing the money, is also exploitative, for you are refusing them the money you could otherwise use to take care of them, condemning them to a lower standard of living.

It seems that exploitation is not a piece of dirt which can be washed away from hands that only need know the clean shining path. Instead, like microplastics, exploitation is everywhere in this moment of catastrophe: in the air, in friendships, even in our own bodies.