by Dana Gornitzki
The modern era can be most confusing. Not too long ago, when getting married a woman would not question dropping her maiden name to take on her husband’s surname - it was just accepted. Now, in many parts of the world, it’s a woman’s prerogative and a matter discussed between the newlyweds.
However, in Japan, there is an interesting case where a group of women recently filed a challenge to a 19th century law that forces females to drop their maiden names and take on their husbands’ surnames when they marry.
In the name of choice, the plaintiffs are demanding that the law be changed as well as asking for six million yen in damages for emotional distress.
What is your opinion? Take a peek at the poll so we can see if good old-fashioned tradition trumps modern choice.