Feminist Last Naming Practices

Nontraditional Last Name Stories

Radhika Chavan

Inspired by her feminist mother, as well as being an established within her career field, Radhika Chavan chose to maintain her natal name during marriage. Radhika made this decision despite traditional Indian cultural influences. She describes:

“In Indian culture when a woman traditionally gets married she moves in with her husband’s family and takes on his family name and his family identity…[my husband and I] were not taking the most traditional route…there was certainly some cultural tension.”

This tension was eased somewhat by Radhika and her husband’s families recognizing the importance that Radhika’s professional reputation had on her last name choice. Radhika herself acknowledges that “although [she] made that choice for [her] career” she thinks “that in itself is feminist.”


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s