Naming Roundtable

Veterans Park, Avon Lake, OH. Credit: Robert Criss, CC license.

Let’s Talk About Names: R. Leon

I kept my name when I got married. I refuse to call it my maiden name. It is my name.

by × October 23, 2013 × 2 comments
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Let’s Talk About Names: Britni

As we began planning a wedding and a life together, we kept coming back what to do about our last names.

by × May 21, 2013 × 4 comments
A beach in Monterey. Image used with permission of author.

Let’s Talk About Names: Nia

Having people see you the way you want to be seen – the way you see yourself – is a privilege. Without it, every day is a battle to have your identity validated, a battle against erasure and for self-determination.

by × May 8, 2013 × 2 comments
Grounded during the blizzard. Image used with permission of author.

Let’s Talk About Names: Robyn

The power of my own quest for authenticity may be my greatest lesson to impart as a parent.

by × May 3, 2013 × 2 comments
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.

by × April 12, 2013 × 6 comments
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.

by × April 10, 2013 × 3 comments
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.

by × April 5, 2013 × 4 comments
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
Beach at Hoek Van Holland. Image used with permission of author.

Let’s Talk About Names: Flavia

I became comfortable with my name, because I realized I could have easily been deprived of it.

by × March 29, 2013 × 4 comments