|From:||Norma Jeane Y.|
|Sent on:||Saturday, May 31, 2014 12:22 AM|
Having done “the whole route”—took my husband’s name in 1969; after 6 yrs. of marriage
& “consciousness-raising”; tried alternatives, such as hyphenating both of our names –-
with his last (found people considered my last name to be the name they heard last—His);
tried it the other way & it was still cumbersome. Finally I just went back to my birth name,
even though that came from a man—my father – but at least I had had THAT identity for 21 yrs.
I considered, also, inventing a whole new name, but that would have required me to start from
“scratch” to build an identity. . .& I wouldn’t have had a sense of my own history as much.
Now? I wouldn’t change my name for love or money. It’s a matter of principle & practicality!
P. S. What man would be willing to change His name to the woman’s?! I’ve done “informal
Polling” & haven’t found even one man who would be willing—no matter how liberal he is.
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