The California Legislature is set to consider a bill this month that would allow men to change their surnames upon marriage as seamlessly as women now can. Only seven states now allow a man who wishes to alter his name after his wedding to do so without going through the laborious, frequently expensive legal process set out by the courts for any name change. Women don’t have to do so.
The bill is co-sponsored by the ACLU of California as a follow-up to a federal lawsuit the civil rights group filed in December …
Ah. So what’s in a name my friends?
Well for starters, wer’e known by our name and our name is a focal part of who we are. Is it not?
Yet nearly 3 million women abandon their names in favor of their husbands in this country every year, in roughly 90% of all marriages.
Not too long ago, when young girls were growing up, they actually looked forward to becoming Mrs. So and So..the name of the man of their dreams.
Some feminists decry this tradition as being sexist and sending a message to women that their family names are unimportant compared to mens.
Things have gotten so complex, what with hyphenating the two names,
the wife using her maiden name as a middle name along with her husband’s family name, both using each other’s names as middle names, …that
some couples simply pick an entirely different name.
How do you view this sweet friends….
-as a tradition that evokes patriarchal days when a wife became her husband’s property.
-as a mere convenience for when children come, sharing a family name.
-as perhaps a loving gesture.
-or perhaps a way to lose an unappealing family name. Suppose the bride’s last name was, oh say…Clinton?..heh.
So…it’s Mr. and Mrs. ________?
Oh wait, can we still say Mrs….
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