Modern Woman Jessica Biel to Legally Become Jessica Timberlake

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Jessica Biel Name Change"Jessica Timberlake" does have a really nice ring to it, strictly speaking from another person who acquired a six-syllable name after marriage. Six syllable names rule. They sound important. People tend to remember them more, probably because it takes so much longer to say them, giving the brain more time to absorb them.

Jessica Biel is right when she said that she "won the jackpot of names" by marrying Justin and wanting to legally change her name. Besides, it's so much nicer to dwell on something so sweet and weddingly as this and not that tasteless homeless video scandal that promised to taint the whole event. Unless, of course, you get the feminists involved who will say MS. BIEL is setting our kind back centuries. Stay tuned for that.

Taking your husband's name does nothing of the sort. But it is an old-fashioned notion these days among the Hollywood set. It's kind of refreshing to hear Jessica is excited to reinforce her commitment to Justin. Not that you need to change your name to prove your commitment -- oh no, not saying that.

But I still think more regular (non-celeb) women today either change their name or add their husband's last name on to their current one than don't, and it kinda helps me see Jessica and Justin's union as something a little different from the usual Hollywood paring that you start placing bets on as soons as the rice is in the air.

Sounds like Jessica is still going to keep her four-syllable name for professional purposes. She's a brand, after all, so that's a smart move.

I just hope that Jessica thinks about Demi Moore aka the former @MrsKutcher when she considers whether or not she should also change her Twitter handle: @JessicaBiel. When it comes to social media, some things should never change.

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nonmember avatar anon

How is it "refreshing" to see a woman take part in a sexist and outdated tradition? P.S., I love my unimportant-sounding (hah) three-syllable name, and plan to keep it if I get married. I mean, it's 2012, not 1950, and I feel like keeping your name doesn't make you any less "officially" married.

nonmember avatar Cass

Anon, it's not somehow sexist for a woman to do what she wants. I agree that keeping your name doesn't change how "married" you are, but I think it's only sexist for people to be outraged when a woman doesn't change her name- just like it's not sexist for a woman to wear a skirt or shave her legs if she wants to.

nonmember avatar OldMarriedLady

I changed my name when I got married, because my husband's last name is Treasure. I mean, come on, I would've been stupid not to. My maiden name was boring and common anyway!

onefo... onefootcutiepie

It's not sexist to change your name when you get married. Sheesh.

kelti... kelticmom

Ok. So if I hadn't changed my name when I got married, what should my sons last name be? Graham-Geiger? I'm supposed to teach my kindergartener how to write a hyphenated last name? Or should he take his dad's last name and have a different one than mine? Or vice versa? Sheesh. Someone has to take the other's name. That's how family names/trees/lines stay intact.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

Good for her. I have never understood why women don't want to take their husbands name when they get married. When I got married I took my husbands name because we were a family and family's should have one family name.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

When I get married, I would much rather my boyfriend take my last name (I don't think he would least, his psycho mother wouldn't let him). My last name and my family has a much more illustrious history. At the very least, I would expect a hyphenated name.

purvi... purvislets

Anon, I thought the biggest point of sexism was that women didn't have a choice about certain matters and wanted to be able to make the choice for themselves  So then, how can it be seen as sexist when a woman chooses to take her husband's last name instead of keeping her own?  That's kind of like pointing the finger at a woman who chooses to be a stay at home mother or homemaker instead of going into the work force just because women in the past fought for the right for her to go to work.  Not every woman WANTS to keep her maiden name or WANTS to go into the workforce.  The whole point of "equal rights" is that there is a choice available, not that women should be forced to do the exact opposite of what they used to be forced to do.

nonmember avatar Rachel

kelticmom - What's wrong with a hyphenated last name? There are children everywhere who have them and they don't have any issues learning how to write them. I'm sure it doesn't feel any different. It's not like you have to explain what a hyphen is. You write it for the kid, the kid replicates it - easy peasy.

I didn't change my name when I got married. It's not that I'm opposed to changing it, just changing it to my husband's since it's a patriarchal practice. I'd prefer we both change our last names to a hyphenated version (or something else entirely if we felt like it), but name changes are difficult for men in most states so, for now, I'm keeping my last name. If my husband decides he wants to go through with a name change, then we'll proceed. But he's a smart man and he knows different last names don't make us any less of a family. Just look at all the divorced couples who did change their last names - it certainly didn't stop them from calling it quits.

Though, to be honest, if my husband happened to have a really awesome last name like Ninja or something, then I'd probably change mine to his with little to no thought, haha.

Btw, I'm not saying I frown on women who change their last names. It's a personal decision and my only wish is that people would mind their own businesses and stop acting like one way is better than another.

nonmember avatar teach

As a teacher I rarely see any issues regardless of the choice a family makes regarding last names. Keltic--while I have no issue whatsoever with your choice to take your husbands name, the name writing thing is really a non issue. I have had children with insanely long first names learn to write it and kids with hyphenated last names write their name with no issue! I have had 2 kids in one family each take the last name of a parent, kids with mom's last name, kids with hyphens and kids with the traditional father's last name. I have never seen it make a bit of difference. A family should not have to have the same last name to be a family. Why can't people just do what works for them without judgement? I do not look at a woman who takes her husband's last name as an oppressed woman participating in a sexist tradition and I do not look at a family with different last names as less of a family unit. Purvis is right, I am glad we have choice! I would not want to live in a place that forced a woman to do it or in a place that didn't allow it! To each their own!

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