BREAKING: Elite lefty journalists residing on the coasts may not be representative of the population as a whole!
Well, New York Times education reporter Motoko Rich seems surprised by the news. She tweeted as much in response to an article highlighting the resurgence of maiden-name retention, or “how few women keep their names after marriage.”
Rich’s surprise, she tweeted, was “proof I live in a bubble.” [Cue millions of heads nodding in agreement.]
According to the NYT article she linked to, “women are more likely to keep their names if they are older, not religious, have children from a previous marriage or have an advanced degree and established career.” In other words, if you’re the kind of person you’d meet working at The New York Times.
In one recent study the article cited, roughly 20 percent of women kept their maiden name upon being married, but the rate is increasing. Unlike a previous peak in the 1970s, experts believe this rise isn’t a politically charged statement of gender equality. Instead, since basic equal rights have been granted to women, the feminist emphasis has shifted to other priorities, such as equal pay and treatment. A woman’s last name hardly affects these.
This, like patriotism, prayer and private charity, is foreign and confusing to NYT types.