Archive for April, 2013

Taroko Gorge in Hualien, Taiwan. Image used with permission of author.

Let’s Talk About Names: Minna

I had grown into my name, and it suited me. Trust, however, that had I found a better name along the way, I would have snapped it up in a heartbeat, and to hell with anyone who judged me for doing so.

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University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Let’s Talk About Names: Rawls

I’m attached to my name because of the stories that come with it and because of the perspective they’ve given me on the world.

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Painted Desert, Arizona. Image used with permission of author.

Let’s Talk About Names: Natalie

If there’s a single name that feels the least “real,” the most connected to social structures, cis-het-patriarchy and its assumptions, it’s the one I was given at birth.

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The Women's Building, the first women-owned and -operated community center, in San Francisco. Image used with permission of author

Let’s Talk About Names: Andrea

While we’re demanding that women be treated equitably in this society, we’re saying that it’s up to women — still — to make the “proper” choice, like not taking their husbands’ names, to legitimize feminism.

by × April 2, 2013 × 9 comments