Name Equality?

Recently I wrote a post condemning the name of Queen Beyoncé’s upcoming world tour: The Mrs. Carter Tour because a) the promotional clip implies that she is Queen B.* due to her marriage to Jay Z (why not Queen prior to?) and b) the use of of husband’s name professionally, even though she claims to be an Independent Woman.

We already know that legally Beyonceé’s surname is now Knowles-Carter (Jay Z’s real name is Shawn Carter) however recently it was reported by the Huffington Post that Jay Z also legally changed his name to Knowles-Carter when the famous couple wed in 2008. The post wrote that: “[T]he couple wanted to keep “Knowles” because Beyonce’s parents don’t have any sons.” The couple already have 1 year old Blue Ivy and the implication here is that she couldn’t have taken her mother’s surname (even hyphenated with her father’s) unless her father also  had that name. In a similar sense, Beyoncé apparently couldn’t hyphenate her name after getting married unless her husband did too. In short, this news does nothing to alleviate the misogyny inherent in the Mrs. Carter show (why isn’t the Mrs. Knowles-Carter show??) or any of the various components that make up Beyoncé the entertainer.


* I’m going to get into the problematic nature of Beyoncé’s glorification of the monarchy soon!


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