By Mona Lisa Macalino
As an engaged woman, I was both surprised and appalled when I read an article on The Stir stating that 50% of Americans believe it should be legally required for a woman to take her husband’s last name. My first thought was: Who took this survey anyway, a bunch of people from Middle-of-Nowhere America (no offense, really) who’ve been completely cut off from the modern world? I mean, hello, this is the 21st century! What happened to women’s equality?
This opinion is surely rooted in tradition, just another way for the U.S. to use laws to protect what’s “right” or “normal.” Not taking your husband’s last name is widely considered taboo, like when children call their moms by their first names instead of “mom” (which I admittedly think is weird and a tad inappropriate, but nothing to make a law about). CLICK HERE to read more.