What’s Current: Why don’t more men take their wives’ names?

Zoe Saldana’s husband has taken her last name, which has NYmag asking, “Why don’t more men take their wives’ names?” Curiously, it seems to be only wives who are subsumed into the person of their man-owner.

Mr. and Mrs. Zoe Saldana.
Mr. and Mrs. Zoe Saldana.

“As a former prostitute, it feels wonderful that there are now places where I could not legally be for sale,” writes Diane Martin for The Independent. It is now illegal to purchase sex in Northern Ireland. How long will the rest of the UK have to wait before we are able to put up the “not for sale” sign?

“Beauty from pain: Living life after abuse.”

Game of Thrones reduces rape to entertainment.” (But I still can’t stop watching it!)

“I am a Snoop Dogg fan. That doesn’t make me less of a feminist.” (Now, you’ve probably read a dozen “I like X and I’m still a feminist” articles, but I think this is the best version of that article I have read.)

While recovering from a deadly illness, Victoria Brownworth writes a powerful personal essay, “Silence equals death: Why women must speak about illness.”

We are lied to as women patients. We are given drugs every day that have never been tested on us. We are told to watch out for heart disease — the leading killer of all women everywhere — but we are not told that the symptoms will be vastly different for us than for men. We are told that we are more prone to auto-immune diseases like multiple sclerosis, lupus and myasthenia gravis, but when we see doctors with our recurring, mysterious symptoms, we are often given an anti-depressant and told we will be feeling better in a few weeks.

We need your voice, Victoria! Hang in there, sister!

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and erstwhile academic in Philosophy. Follow her @Blasfemmey. Got tips? Email us.

Susan Cox

Susan Cox is a feminist writer and academic living in the United States. She teaches in Philosophy.