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by Kevin Coupe

Talk about the law of unintended consequences.

National Public Radio the other day has a piece about something new to worry about for young people who were given hyphenate last names by parents concerned about gender equality.

It seems that in some cases, men with hyphenate last names are falling in love with women who have hyphenate last names. Because of how they were raised, they believe in hyphenate last names. The problem is that if John Jones-Smith marries Mary Wilson-Black, they then have to deal with the possibility that they will be known as John and Mary Wilson-Black-Jones-Smith. Or some variation thereof.

"Hyphenating has waned since its peak in the '80s and '90s, in part, experts say, because it's become less of a feminist statement and more of a bureaucratic nightmare," NPR writes. "But also — as most 'hyphens' will now tell you — it wasn't really sustainable anyway. Hyphenating was destined to hit a wall after one generation."

One can only imagine what their email addresses will be.
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