Since 1896 married couples in Japan have been legally obligated to take the same surname. However, five women are attempting to eliminate this antiquated rule by suing the Japanese government.
Although creating a brand new surname after marrying is a rare choice, it’s viewed by some as the most equal, romantic, and kid-friendly solution in an antiquated patriarchal system. But it’s also a very easy way to anger your loved ones.
Oh, Jesus Christ.
One hyphenated last name is already pretty cumbersome, but when you augment a hyphenated last name with another hyphenated last name, things can get pretty weird, especially if you're at the DMV and nobody ever calls your name because it's just too much trouble. A whole generation of people born 20- or 30-something…