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    An excellent explanation of why it's anti-feminist to give your daughter a boy's name

    I'm so glad a non-name nerd writer took this issue on. I particularly liked the last line: "Want to be edgy? Name your son Victoria."

    http://powderroom.jezebel.com/a-girl...name-471778004

    Matilda Sailor or Faye Matilda | Sylvie Winifred or Simon Atlas | Atlas Dov or Alice Violetta | Lucien Wilde or Lucinda Jane | Jane Lucinda or Jack Mariner | Marlowe Charles or Roscoe Thomas | Charles ' Charlie' Wallace or Marigold 'Maggie' Wynn | Eloise Lily or Elliot Darwin | Iris Cordelia or Thea Marina | Jasper Augustus or Juniper 'June' Lovelace | Julian Felix or Judah 'Jude' Reeve

    Just a grad student dreaming ahead...

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    I'm very, very sympathetic, but she didn't actually say anything or make any arguments, which is too bad.
    Blade, MD

    XY: Antoine Raphael
    XX: Cassia Viviane Noor

    Aurea * Emmanuelle * Endellion * Fleur * Jacinda * Lysandra * Melisande * Myrrine * Rosamond * Seraphine * Sylvana * Thea * Verity / Blaise * Cyprian * Evander * Jules * Laurence * Lionel * Malcolm * Marius * Quentin * Rainier

    كنوز الصحراء الشرقية Hayat _ Qamar _ Sahar _ Maysan _ Farah / Altair _ Fahd _ Faraj _ Khalil _ Tariq

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    Quote Originally Posted by blade View Post
    I'm very, very sympathetic, but she didn't actually say anything or make any arguments, which is too bad.
    "Now let’s think of a name that was historically given to girl babies that we now give our boys. I’ll wait… … yeah, I got nothing, either.
    So is what’s happening when we name our girl’s boy’s names? Is it really a subversion of gendered names? Or is it perpetuating the concept that being male is an upgrade?"

    I would call that an argument, even though it's rather passively worded.

    Matilda Sailor or Faye Matilda | Sylvie Winifred or Simon Atlas | Atlas Dov or Alice Violetta | Lucien Wilde or Lucinda Jane | Jane Lucinda or Jack Mariner | Marlowe Charles or Roscoe Thomas | Charles ' Charlie' Wallace or Marigold 'Maggie' Wynn | Eloise Lily or Elliot Darwin | Iris Cordelia or Thea Marina | Jasper Augustus or Juniper 'June' Lovelace | Julian Felix or Judah 'Jude' Reeve

    Just a grad student dreaming ahead...

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    There are also some great points being made in the comments -- for instance, that we name aspirationally: "So you're going to name your little girl Hunter so she can be a rough-and-tumble girl before you name your boy Victoria because, well, what's aspirational about being a woman." Girls can aspire to qualities gendered male, but qualities gendered female are inherently undesirable, especially for boys.

    Matilda Sailor or Faye Matilda | Sylvie Winifred or Simon Atlas | Atlas Dov or Alice Violetta | Lucien Wilde or Lucinda Jane | Jane Lucinda or Jack Mariner | Marlowe Charles or Roscoe Thomas | Charles ' Charlie' Wallace or Marigold 'Maggie' Wynn | Eloise Lily or Elliot Darwin | Iris Cordelia or Thea Marina | Jasper Augustus or Juniper 'June' Lovelace | Julian Felix or Judah 'Jude' Reeve

    Just a grad student dreaming ahead...

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    Quote Originally Posted by augusta_lee View Post
    There are also some great points being made in the comments -- for instance, that we name aspirationally: "So you're going to name your little girl Hunter so she can be a rough-and-tumble girl before you name your boy Victoria because, well, what's aspirational about being a woman." Girls can aspire to qualities gendered male, but qualities gendered female are inherently undesirable, especially for boys.
    THIS^^
    Nameberry is obsessed with Girl names, so much more fun than boys. However, the rest of world history and the world currently disagrees. Girls have always been less desirable than boys, less respected. less powerful.
    I do Not believe people who like boys names on girls think less of girls. Its just a trend, nothing to take too seriously. But it is an eye opener to the reality of history.
    Mom to Tess, Kaia, Jasper and dogs Brody, Max and Felix

    *Penelope Sadie Kite* Piper Olive Cordelia* Phoebe Clementine Hope* Hattie Vivian Jewel* Willa Florence Eve*

    *Finn Wesley Joseph* Ezra Calvin David* Judah Theodore Henry* Leo Abram James*

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