A Woman’s Right to Choose – Her Own Name
So. I wrote a thing about feminism and the power of naming oneself, but first, some background. About a month ago, Jill Filipovic wrote an article about why she’s an old-school feminist who doesn’t like it when married women change their last names. This sparked a vigorous debate among feminists of diverse backgrounds and much push-back at what was perceived to be a very European-centric, privileged, narrow viewpoint. Two women, Grace and Jessica, @graceishuman and @scATX, respectively, on Twitter, started a round-table discussion as to the issue of who gets to name themselves and why. It’s called Let’s Talk About Names and is hosted by Are Women Human? in conjunction with Flyover Feminism, and they have a Tumblr by the same name as well.
Reading the series has really opened my eyes to a variety of issues when it comes to naming oneself that I never even thought about. I wanted to contribute, so I did. I wrote an essay about how my name is pronounced, how I grew into my name, and why the debate about women changing their names upon marriage doesn’t interest me. Read my essay here, and then read the rest of the pieces in the series for diverse and refreshing views on feminism and the power to name oneself.