July 18, 2014
Molly Caro describes the process and the unexpectedly encouraging consequences of giving her daughter her own last name (Molly’s) instead of her husband’s. Caro’s argument is not that children’s surnames should be either the mother’s or the father’s last name per se, but rather that it at least merits a free and fair conversation where all options are on the table. This should not be revolutionary; this should be normal.
“People might say these are small peanuts, but language is never small. Language shapes how we view things before we even know we are viewing them. How we name something determines how we value it. If women’s last names are consistently absent from history, never passed down, then where is their—our—value?”
posted by Corbin Lambeth