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April 16th, 2013 06:58 PM #96
The description for Carly kind of offends me! It isn't a favorite of mine, but the description said "it could by no stretch be considered fashionable." I disagree, I think it's a cute, fresh feminization that has a great hippie feel since it came out of the 70's. Huff.
I think Nameberry should leave their personal opinions out of the descriptions. They can be really offensive. This site is supposed to provide name IDEAS, not say what is and what is not "fashionable" all across the board.
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April 16th, 2013 06:58 PM #98
I guess I'm flying solo on this but I didn't find any of those descriptions offensive. I didn't always agree with Pam and Linda's descriptions, but I was glad for an honest opinion from experts in the field.
Also, there are boy names that are - sorry - sissified. At least, that's how they're viewed in the "real" world, outside of an Internet forum occupied mostly by women, and mostly by women who analyze the hell out of names.
I mean, c'mon, shouldn't there be a website that points out that calling your son Madison or Ashley or Vivian is not a good idea? At least for the kid's sake, who has to live out there in the real world?
I personally found the honesty refreshing, and sorry to see it go. I hate to see anything become more politically correct at the expense of accuracy.Mrs. H.
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April 16th, 2013 08:32 PM #100Senior Member
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April 17th, 2013 06:38 AM #102
I'm fine with the style descriptions. You disagree that Carly is unstylish? Ok, fine, disagree. That doesn't mean the description is wrong or not acceptable or whatever. Not everyone is going to agree. Some find Agnes the ultimate in old lady names, and others think it's the epitome of an up-and-coming stylish name.
The difference here is that 'limp-wristed' or 'sissified' are actually offensive terms. You can get the same meaning across without using those terms.Melissa, Mama to Oscar Leopold.
April 17th, 2013 07:27 AM #104
Also, there are ways to express that naming your son Ashley in North America isn't as accepted as it is in Great Britain, with out being offensive, rude, or homophobic. The vistors of this site aren't just expectant women. A 10 year old doing a research project on his name can very well happen upon this site, and how do you think he'd feel hearing that his name, Lance, has a very limp-wristed feel?
It's not that hard to do a google search to find out the definition of sissified, limp-wristed etc on urban dictionary.
I'm really disturbed at the thought of someone finding blatant homophobic remarks acceptable, and would rather those than something more appropriate.