Why aren’t men changing their name after marriage?

In Australia, for example, more than 80 per cent of women take their husband’s surname after marriage, while in the United States, a whopping 94 per cent of women do.

Indeed, Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue revealed last week that she, too, plans to take her fiancé’s name when they marry because, she said, “Taking a different name makes a statement”.

Choices like taking you husband’s surname reinforce outdated and oppressive stereotypes. Abuse and oppression of women is entwined with men feeling ownership of women.

And I can’t think of anything that suggests ownership more than a woman taking her husband’s name.


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