HeyReprotech is on autumn hiatus, but have a look at these photos and this essay about one woman's experience of IVF
Also, an update about the Article Club collaboration
"Around five years ago on a summer’s day in Tokyo, photographer Mayumi Suzuki was shopping at her local market when she spotted a small display of odd-looking vegetables. Hidden among piles of luscious greens and perfectly round apples was a heap of wonky radishes, stumpy pea-shoots and two-legged carrots — sold at a discounted price. At the time, Suzuki had just given up on in vitro fertilization (IVF) and was proclaimed infertile. Looking at these neglected vegetables, she felt a strange sympathy for them. These carrots were still edible, but due to being misshapen, they were deemed to be of a lesser value. 'I thought, "that’s just like me," ' she says."
Read the full essay by Marigold Warner.
Marigold Warner. "Hojo." Lensculture.com.
Photography by Mayumi Suzuki.
Update: In September, I wrote that HeyReprotech and Article Club would be collaborating on an event in December. For various reasons, we are postponing this until the new year. However, the piece that Mark chose for his regular December 3 Article Club may be of interest to some readers here: "The Fog: Living in Adoption’s Emotional Aftermath," by Larissa MacFarquhar.
Mark writes: "Originally published in The New Yorker in April, the piece profiles three adoptees who have come out of "the fog," or the denial of the trauma of being adopted. Not all adoptees have mixed or negative emotions, but many do.
"They seek their birth parents but are lied to; they can't obtain their original birth certificates; they're told they should be happy they're adopted when their feelings are complicated; they find the adoption system corrupt; they feel like they're living a double life, estranged from the person they really are."
You see the relevance.
He said it would be great if any of you wanted to participate. I am planning to be there.
The process is as follows:
Annotate the article as a group to share first impressions (if you wish)
Listen to a podcast interview with the writer (if you wish)
Join the discussion on Zoom on Sunday, December 3, 2:00 - 3:30 pm PT
(Please note: the meeting time for this is a little different from what I described back in my September post.)
Feel free to reach out to Mark with any questions.