The surname changing thing has loooooong fascinated me as a feminist and the conversation is back, again, and it’s as lively as ever.
From Jill Filipovic in The Guardian with “Why should married women change their names? Let men change theirs” :
That is fundamentally why I oppose changing your name (and why I look forward to the wider legalization of same-sex marriage, which in addition to just being good and right, will challenge the idea that there are naturally different roles for men and women within the marital unit). Identities matter, and the words we put on things are part of how we make them real. There’s a power in naming that feminists and social justice activists have long highlighted. Putting a word to the most obvious social dynamics is the first step toward ending inequality. Words like “sexism” and “racism” make clear that different treatment based on…
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