Hyphenation is a bad idea.
And it bugs me.
First of all, I'm lucky if I can remember your first name, let alone your last name. But two last names?
Okay, Wang-Holder I'd remember.
Anything else? Fuggedaboutit.
I have to wonder what, exactly, one is trying to communicate through hyphenation. Independence? Strength? Feminism?
Because it doesn't accomplish any of those things. Now, you bear the name of not just one man, but two.
Not exactly a symbol of empowerment.
And why on earth would a woman hyphenate her name when a man doesn't? (This principle applies to same sex couples as well.) For example, if she's going to be Susie Jones-Smith then he should be John Smith-Jones. Or John Jones-Smith.
Honestly, I hardly ever see men doing this, probably for the same reason they don't wear tube tops, fishnets or thigh high boots.
Because it makes no sense and it looks stupid.
Let's take it a step further. Say Susie and John have kids. Are they Jones-Smith, too? And when their daughter, Cindy Jones-Smith gets married, is she Cindy Jones-Smith-Brown?
I'm just sayin', think it through.
If you really want to make a statement about your identity, through your name, consider these option:
1) Go traditional. Take your husband's name or you and your partner decide whose name will be the official surname, then you both use it. But never assume a hideous last name just to prove your love or to honor tradition.
2) Keep your original surname and use that forever and ever, regardless of the name of your husband/partner.
3) Use only your first name (Madonna, Rihanna) or your first and middle name, ditching the surname altogether.
4) Choose any damn name you want - just because you like it - and use it consistently.
But please, don't expect me to remember, nor admire, the fact that you have attached another last name to your signature with a hyphen.
In return, I promise never to wear a tube top.
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