Lipstick Feminism and Changing Names Like Underwear
In the end, many mothers I've encountered since becoming one myself have decided to change their names in line at the passport office, or in the post office, or in a doctor's waiting room. They are not inspired to do it out of a nostalgic affection for tradition, or some cozy idea of family, or anything so charged or esoteric; they do it because giving in to bureaucratic pressures is easier than clinging to their old identity.
Today is my long (12 hour) day at work I have gotten a lot done, but there is still more to do...
Be proud of me, I got all my paperwork filed yesterday... that's right I can now easily find any bank statement, mortgage paperwork, or car repair receipt, huzzah!