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  1. #1
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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
    Simon Valor | Eloise Lily | Judah Sage | Thea Marina | Felix Orion | Iris Cordelia | Roscoe Benjamin | Lydia Wren | Jasper Conroy | Phaedra Naomi | Adrian Bruno | Lucinda 'Indie' Jane | Wallace Finnegan | Sylvie Winifred | Charles 'Charlie' Elliot | Juniper Faye | Julian 'Jules' Atlas | Matilda Sailor | Marlowe Charles | Alice Elizabeth | Jack Mariner | Marigold 'Maggie' Susan

    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

  3. #5
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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.
    Simon Valor | Eloise Lily | Judah Sage | Thea Marina | Felix Orion | Iris Cordelia | Roscoe Benjamin | Lydia Wren | Jasper Conroy | Phaedra Naomi | Adrian Bruno | Lucinda 'Indie' Jane | Wallace Finnegan | Sylvie Winifred | Charles 'Charlie' Elliot | Juniper Faye | Julian 'Jules' Atlas | Matilda Sailor | Marlowe Charles | Alice Elizabeth | Jack Mariner | Marigold 'Maggie' Susan

    Just a grad student, dreaming ahead...

  4. #7
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    I'm going to have to agree with Blade here - The author is not explaining anything, more just musing over a question that has been tossed around Nameberry for years, without getting at any real answers other than "we should give our boys names that are traditionally for the girls."

    I'm not trying to be rude, it just wasn't an explanation of anything.
    ~ Mommy to Callum Rhys and Jack William ~

    Girls: Eleanor, Mary, Meara, Louisa, Jane, Sylvie, Iris, Nola
    Boys: Edmund, Leland, Ridley, Beckett, Samuel, Donal

  5. #9
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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.
    Simon Valor | Eloise Lily | Judah Sage | Thea Marina | Felix Orion | Iris Cordelia | Roscoe Benjamin | Lydia Wren | Jasper Conroy | Phaedra Naomi | Adrian Bruno | Lucinda 'Indie' Jane | Wallace Finnegan | Sylvie Winifred | Charles 'Charlie' Elliot | Juniper Faye | Julian 'Jules' Atlas | Matilda Sailor | Marlowe Charles | Alice Elizabeth | Jack Mariner | Marigold 'Maggie' Susan

    Just a grad student, dreaming ahead...

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