opposite of a Hollywood starlet (no offense to the Stacy Keiblers of the world),
Amal is an Oxford-educated human rights lawyer who speaks three languages. After wedding the world’s most eligible
bachelor, did she start redecorating a Beverly Hills mansion? Wax rhapsodic about her pilates regimen to Us Weekly? No, she went back to work.
Alamuddin had all of our respect, and then what did she do? She changed her name to Clooney, like some
Say it ain’t
so, Amal! I can’t help but be disappointed.
Back in the
day when a woman moved from her parents’ home straight into her husband’s,
taking his name made sense. It signified
her new “career” as a wife and mother. And with husbands supporting wives financially, it was practical. But none of this applies to Amal, a wildly
accomplished and independent woman who does not require Clooney’s status or
wealth to secure her place in the world.
I would have liked to see Amal hang onto her identity, offering a progressive example to young women everywhere.
international barrister, but when I got married this summer, it never even
occurred to me to change my name. As a
writer, I’ve worked too hard for my byline to mess with it now. (Google my name
and find every article I’ve ever written. Go ahead, I’ll wait.) And at 44, I’ve lived too long as Amy Wruble
to ever consider being somebody else. My
surname is as much a part of me as my face, and I’m not changing that, unless
they start giving out free Botox at the drive-thru.
At a time
when the practice of brides taking their husbands’ names is inexplicably on the
rise, I would have liked to see Amal hang
onto her identity, offering a progressive example to young women everywhere. So
it’s kind of a bummer. And yet, it’s
know exactly why Amal chose to make the switch, but I can think of at least five reasons she might have decided to change her name:
1. Clooney is lot easier to spell than Alamuddin. Never again will she have to worry
about her clothes being misfiled at the dry cleaner. Nor will her surname be egregiously
mispronounced when she’s waiting for a table at her favorite restaurant:
“Aladdin, party of two?”
2. It’s convenient to have the same name as your kids. Since it seems unlikely that a 53-year-old A-list movie star would
change his name, Clooney is her best option for family cohesion.
3. They’re going to call her Mrs. Clooney anyway. While I don't like it, famous or not, people tend to assume a bride has taken her husband’s
name. Certainly, her children’s friends
and teachers will automatically default to Mrs. Clooney (unless she lets
everyone call her Amal?).
4. Hyphenating is a mouthful. While sharing a name
can be an equitable solution, Alamuddin-Clooney is already six syllables long.
What happens if their future daughter marries Knox Jolie-Pitt? One can dream.