Lisa Cuprio’s main thesis in Women keep maiden names for more than feminist reasons is this:
In the past, women who declined to take their husbands’ names might be considered careerists or feminists. Today, a new breed of women who cling to their maiden names is emerging, and it’s one that did not grow up with Gloria Steinem as a symbol of female independence. It is a generation of women who have been raised to be proud of their ethnic identities and are reluctant to sacrifice the strong cultural connections they feel to their family names.
I flipped this link over to Lauredhel using IM, and we typed the same response simultaneously: how the hell is an unwillingness to erase your own family heritage in favour of your husband’s family heritage NOT a feminist reason for keeping your own family name?
Cuprio may not be quite up there in the Charlotte Allen stratum of contempt for feminism, but it looks like she’s working on it.
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