What’s in a Name?

Better late than never, amirite? Here’s my GMP post for the week, about naming traditions and modern marriage. I surveyed a ton of you, so thanks for all your input and the your exceedingly creative alternatives to the traditional wife-takes-husband’s-name convention.

If you don’t feel like reading the whole thing, here’s my bottom line: Individually I don’t think it particularly matters what a person, couple or family decides to do with their names, but on a grand scale, I find the default assumption to be sexist and antiquated. People change their names for all kinds of emotional, practical, religious, cultural, historical, batshitcrazy reasons. I don’t believe that “It’s tradition,” or “That’s what women usually do,” are good enough reasons.

Read the whole shebang to meet the Chase-Sosnoffs, learn about Icelandic naming traditions, and find out why the LA Mayor is called Villaraigosa.

Related Post: A few months ago, I wrote about porn in relationships for the GMP. Dealbreaker? Depends.

Related Post: Amanda wrote a guest post about being a bride-to-be and some ridiculous exercise advice.



Filed under Gender, Republished!

7 responses to “What’s in a Name?

  1. Emily – how do you feel about me linking to my blog piece about my name, since that what the inspiration for this article? I’m not sure if it’s etiquette to put a blog link in a comment.

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