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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

    Matilda Sailor or Faye Matilda | Sylvie Wren or Simon Adler | Alice Violetta or Atlas Dov | Julian 'Jules' River or Juniper 'Joon' Lovelace | Roscoe Fox or Marlowe Fritz | Jane Lucinda or Lucien Wilde | Louisa Valor or Eloise March | Ivan Elliot or Iris Cordelia | August Jack or Jasper Hale | Dashiell Jude or Judah Reeve | Thea Marina or Marigold 'Maggie' Wynn | Finnegan Wallace or Felix Raphael

    Just a grad student dreaming ahead...

  2. #3
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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 (3.1.2012)
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  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.

    Matilda Sailor or Faye Matilda | Sylvie Wren or Simon Adler | Alice Violetta or Atlas Dov | Julian 'Jules' River or Juniper 'Joon' Lovelace | Roscoe Fox or Marlowe Fritz | Jane Lucinda or Lucien Wilde | Louisa Valor or Eloise March | Ivan Elliot or Iris Cordelia | August Jack or Jasper Hale | Dashiell Jude or Judah Reeve | Thea Marina or Marigold 'Maggie' Wynn | Finnegan Wallace or Felix Raphael

    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, Ruby, Louisa, Jane, Sylvie, Alice, Iris
    Boys: Edmund, Leland, Rowan, Beckett, Miles, Samuel

  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.

    Matilda Sailor or Faye Matilda | Sylvie Wren or Simon Adler | Alice Violetta or Atlas Dov | Julian 'Jules' River or Juniper 'Joon' Lovelace | Roscoe Fox or Marlowe Fritz | Jane Lucinda or Lucien Wilde | Louisa Valor or Eloise March | Ivan Elliot or Iris Cordelia | August Jack or Jasper Hale | Dashiell Jude or Judah Reeve | Thea Marina or Marigold 'Maggie' Wynn | Finnegan Wallace or Felix Raphael

    Just a grad student dreaming ahead...

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