Married name

Last week when we talked family policy, my class had a good discussion on the topic of changing surnames after marriage.  I came across this interesting yougov poll (in annoying HuffPo slideshow format) that breaks down attitudes on the topic by partisanship and other categories.  For instance:

Of Republicans surveyed, 81 percent said a woman should take her husband’s last name after marriage.

Of Democrats surveyed, 60 percent agreed.

Fifty-one percent of independents surveyed agreed.

Not all that big a difference.  This one, though, just seems wrong to me:

Of all respondents surveyed, less than half said a man should be allowed to take his wife’s last name after marriage. Thirty-four percent said heshould not be allowed, with 18 percent undecided

Really, not allowed?  And this:

By a 46 percent to 30 percent margin, women said hyphenation is “a good way [for couples] to show they respect each other. Conversely, a 47 percent to 32 percent margin of men said hyphenation is a “silly piece of political correctness.”

I’m not a big fan of the hyphen because of its implications for use beyond a single generation, but I would not go so far as to endorse the latter opinion.

Anyway, personally, I love that we are all simply “the Greene’s” or “Team Greene” as Alex’s speech therapist calls us.  There is a lot of symbolism in a name.  That said, any woman who wants to keep her name, just fine by me.  Nonetheless, I will admit that Kim wanted to take mine.

Quick hits

1) So happy to be validated on 2 spaces after a period.

2) Very interesting essay/review of the documentary “At Berkeley” on higher education and inequality.

3) The best ice cream scoop ever?  Probably.  But for $39 I’m not getting one.  Actually, though, one of the best wedding gifts (I think) Kim and I got was a very high quality ice cream scoop that I still use daily till this day.

4) The Republican party isn’t really the anti-science party, says a Republican party science staffer.  Yes it is, says Steve.  Sure, Democrats have some issues with science (notably GMO’s and irrational aversion to nuclear power which exists among many Republicans as well), but it is really quite categorically different from the straight-out denialism among Republicans.

5)  I can’t believe somebody wrote such a long essay about the McRib.

6) I’ve seen some of these so horrible (in an awkward sense) couple photos you can’t resist looking at them before, but most of these were new to me.  And simply brilliant in their awfulness.

7) How lab mice and genetics are changing the way scientists think about obesity.

8) I love Andrew Cohen’s righteous indignation at the continued wrongs of our criminal justice system.  I hate that he has so much fodder.  Like the story of a 14-year old sentenced to life after a dubious trial and then literally driven insane in solitary confinement.  Hooray “justice” in America!

9) I see plenty of viral videos via upworthy (and often share them here straight from youtube, minus the upworthy mawkishness), but I didn’t really know a thing about it until this article.  

10) Is the awesomeness of Pope Francis bringing lapsed Catholics back to the fold?  Maybe.

11) Joseph Stiglitz says inequality is a policy choice.  I think he’s right.

12) Apparently the Dutch just aren’t that into marriage.  Supposedly this means we have much to learn from them.  Probably some good points, but I would still suggest that the evidence is quite clear that marriage is good for the individual and good for society.

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