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Why don't more men take their wives' last names?

By Jessica M. Goldstein

22 Nov 2022 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

Would you be willing to take your spouse's name if you got married? This Washington Post article dives into an interesting conversation about the outdated norms which surround marriage conventions.

Like most men, Mike hadn't really thought about what he'd do with his last name - Ambrogi - when he got married.

What was there to think about? Even among hetero couples who share progressive gender politics, the question of surnames is typically directed toward the bride: Will she take his name, or keep hers? Or further down the line: Will the children have his last name, or a hyphenated combination?

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