The Hyphenated Male: A Few Questions.
April 11, 2007 09:54 PM
In corresponding with some college friends today, we discussed the fact that a former classmate of ours got married and became the rarest of all birds: The hyphenated male. Yes, when he got married, not only did his bride take his name and hyphenate it with hers, he took her name and hyphenated it with his.
In college, he was a prominent conservative Evangelical on campus, so his decision leaves all of us puzzled. What the hell happened? Or, as my friends and I discussed, what the hell did she do to him? I have known lots of women who have decided to hyphenate, or who have switched their maiden names to their middle name, and use both, absent a hyphen. I also know a quite a few female attorneys who were in practice for a few years and then got married. For professional purposes, they decided to keep their maiden names.
But a male hyphenating his own last name? That is a new one on me. And his case is really weird. He comes from a very prominent Southern family, for which lineage was clearly important. Surely, they are not thrilled with his name change. So was he rebelling against them? He never was much of a rebel before. Was it becoming an Episcopal priest that did him in? He meet his wife while they were both in seminary together. Is she some crazy ball-busting shrew? Is she so hot she has him brainwashed? Do they know that this bizarre name change is a big topic of conversation behind their backs? How could they not?
And why, in reading this post over, did I briefly consider changing the word "male" to "man" in the header, and then subconsciously decide against it?