Sunday August 21, 2011

My Name is Me

(Posted under the category, Supporters at My Name is Me. The site supports your freedom to choose the name you use on social networks and other online services.

My name is Vicki. That's not the name on my birth certificate or how the IRS knows me. It _is_ the name my mother gave me.

My mother didn't give her daughters a name and then call us by a shortened version. She gave us each a name as well as a longer "formal" name to use for things like banks and taxes.

Which is my "real name"? For me, it's not the one on my driver's license.

I know people who use their middle names, their Hebrew names, their Unix login IDs, their initials, their Chinese names, Americanized names, or names they "invented" in high school and have been using ever since. Those are their "real" names because those are the names they have chosen.

I use the name my mother gave me when I was born. However, I rarely use the "long" formal first name and I never use the middle name that is on my birth certificate. Those may be "legal" names for me but they are not "real".

I have long believed that names hold power. Names are important. What you choose to call yourself - how you introduce yourself - IS your name. If that name differs between your online worlds, your social worlds, your professional worlds, and the legal world, that is none of my concern. Tell me what I should call you; that is your name.a

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