Janani Sreenivasan has written personal, political, and
politically personal humor for Reductress, Political Subversities, and Brown Town. Her short comic films have screened in the L.A. Comedy Festival and won the Audience Award at the Iron Mule Short Comedy Film Series.
Asking a heterosexual man to change his entire name--first, middle, and last--after marriage can feel risky. He may cling to the name his parents carefully selected for him at birth. Maybe he’s named for Grandpa Blazegrits or Uncle Orhan; maybe he’s even a II or a III. These days he may expect no change, a hyphenation, a portmanteau, or--in some cases--to change his LAST name to yours.