Lady Gaga is no less an icon if she takes her husband's name
In a huge bombshell announcement, Lady Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta, told the world she will officially be changing her name after she gets married.
She will officially be taking Taylor Kinney's last name, according to E!.
She will, after the nuptials, be legally known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Kinney (we'll just still call her Mother Monster).
The tradition of changing your name after getting married has been around literally for centuries. But in today's day and age, when woman are no longer property (you never knew that "Mrs." was possessive, did you?), sometimes it can be looked down on as anti-feminist.
But not so fast! There is so much more to taking on your hubby's name than just being his property. That might have been a part of the history, but it has so many different meanings today.
Most polls show women breaking around 50/50 on this topic to begin with, but a lot of women say they don't truly "feel" married until they are called by their new name. It is a feeling that begins to sink in. You are no longer just you, you are an "us."
And I could imagine it is an even stronger feeling for someone who is known publicly by something other than their given name.
I can imagine Lady Gaga being called Stefani Germanotta and that being so personal and intimate. When you have huge fame, it has to be almost surreal to hear your given name uttered.
Names have so much power. I think her decision could stem from her wanting to truly take in all that marriage has to offer, including the feeling of being called something new, different and inclusive of "us." After all, we've never known Lady Gaga to do anything halfway, right?
Changing your name doesn't change who you are. And quite honestly, don't you think Lady Gaga has taken this into account? To take Kinney's last name or not? Women today have the right and option to take or not take their husband's name (I personally kept both names and hyphenated, which was a very personal decision for me). But it's having that right that makes her choice to change her name all that much more feminist.
She is the one deciding to change her name. No one is forcing her or making her do anything. And what is more feminist than making your own life decisions?
Congrats to the couple and we cannot wait to see the dress!