We call on all good people of the world to rise up and give their women true equality by letting them keep and pass on their family names to their children.
It is downright unfair and mean to deny them this right to lineage, to immortality, that men take for granted as they marry. It is in fact no less a crime than matricide (No More Matricide, 1-17-2014, typakmusings.com).
America is very much behind the Europeans in this all important effort to right the wrong humanity has been guilty of for thousands of millennia.
In 1978 the Council of Europe declared equality of rights in the transmission of family names. Likewise, in 1979, the United Nations adopted a Convention calling for gender equal rights to choose a “family name”. Similar measures were anticipated by Germany (1976) and adopted by Sweden (1982), Denmark (1983), Spain (1999), France (2005), and Italy (2014).
Gender equality in surnaming children is a moral and practical imperative worldwide as we go forward with civilization in the 3rd millennium. (1) It will end global preference for male lineal heirs, (2) prevent female feticide and infanticide, practiced on a massive scale in China, for example, under its one-child policy, and (3) stop overpopulation, as couples with daughters won’t keep having more children just to get a son.
For immediate implementation we therefore propose the following procedure:
1. First Child to Take the Mother’s Surname
This is only fair to make amends for humanity’s accumulated wrongs, unless the mother agrees otherwise.
2. Alternation among Subsequent Children
In other words, the 2nd child after the father, 3rd the mother, 4th the father, and so on.
In case of an odd number, the last one will be given either parent’s by drawing lots or by consent of the resulting minority parent.
3. Maiden Name After Marriage
Upon marriage a woman shall retain her surname and not change to her husband’s.
In particular there shall no longer be the monstrosity, hyphenation of both spouses’ surnames.
3.1. First, it is unequal, because the husband gets to keep his family name, smugly looking on his inferior partner’s contortions. On the off chance he adopts the hyphenation, he would probably insist on having his surname as the first element of the compound.
3.2. Secondly, the hyphenated form cannot be bequeathed to the children. In the unlikely event it is, the hyphenated child may marry another hyphenated child, whereupon we end up with multiple hyphenations.
All who agree with this cause to realize gender equality are invited to send in their names and other identifying information to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the national, nay, global register of membership in the Movement for Women’s Right to Keep and Pass On Their Family Names.