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Re: OT-equality, not reversed

My maiden name is White.  Yet people always asked how to spell it.  Some
spell it with a 'y', just as there are Smythes.

on 01/29/2003 12:18 PM, ECPep@aol.com at ECPep@aol.com wrote:

> In a message dated 1/28/03 5:54:54 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> kmrsy@earthlink.net writes:
>> Why don't single people count?>>>>
> Kitty, they do.  All people count.  All.  From a "NY bleeding heart liberal"
> Don't let anyone get you down on this issue.  Eleanor Roosevelt said, amongst
> her many worthy statements, that you are only lessened to the degree you
> allow it.  No-one should presume anything with regard to the life status of
> another. 
> Upon reading the many comments, think the solutions to life's problems are
> well handled in this category.  I married and have spent 40 years spelling my
> name.  My husband will say quietly say, I have told you once and that is
> enough and you cannot get another word out of him.   Sometimes I need to
> correct a clerk somewhere on why "you people don't change your names."  I
> have a mother, aged 94, who uses her own name and always has.  If you expect
> dignity to be afforded to you from society, you extend dignity to your fellow
> man.  
> Funnily, I was raised in a city with such a mixture of people and a wide
> general acceptance of lifestyle that the shock only came upon moving to a
> rural area of New York and finding "country people" much more conservative.
> This attitude is diminishing to the individual and once in while makes you a
> pariah in your own town.  In what is not a small way, it does demonstrate a
> wide division in social attitude in this country.  It is shame that in this
> new century in the US, women are still struggling for an equal place at the
> table.  
> Claire Peplowski
> NYS z4
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