Post # 1
I was a little surprised, as she was so accomplished in her field. I assumed she would remain Amal Alamuddin. But, I have been really surprised at the criticism that has been leveled at her for electing to change her name to Clooney. She did land George Clooney, after all, a difficult feat, given his track record! Anyway, I think it is such a personal decision, and I think it is unfair to label her as anti-feminist for changing her name. After all, isn’t femisim about giving women the choice to decide what works for them? Or does feminism only support you when you make the “right” choice?
Post # 2
Did she really change it? She’s still listed with the NY Bar under Amal Alamuddin.
edit: I checked the UK register too, and she’s still listed under Alamuddin there as well. So it seems like she’s still using her birth name professionally.
Post # 3
Mrs.Sawyertobe: Who is she?
But on to changing names, I think she has every right to change her name. And people are way off the mark with her being anti feminist for wanting to match her husband’s name.
I think emma watson put it wonderfully; http://www.vanityfair.com/vf-hollywood/2014/09/emma-watson-un-speech-feminism
Post # 4
She is still the same accomplished woman in her field, even with a new last name.
Post # 5
Mrs.Sawyertobe: I was a little surprised given how successful and established she is as a lawyer – I would have thought she would want those judgements to be easily associated. All the same, she’s SO high profile that everyone knows Alamuddin became Clooney.
I know she’s not a celeb in the traditional sense, but many celebs change their names we just don’t hear about it because they don’t change their SAG name so their film credits stay the same.
Post # 6
I agree with everything you said. I am surprised she didn’t keep her name, but it is totally her decision to make. No one should care what her personal choice is.
Post # 7
Mrs.Sawyertobe: i think people have morphed feminism into something else these days. feminism is all about believing men and women are equal. believing woman who take their mans last name must mean she doesnt believe that is just crazy. but that can also be open to debate and culture. in the native american culture of alaska, the children take the womans/mothers tribe. i think she took his last name because like you said, she landed george clooney and who wouldnt want to scream Mrs Clooney from the mountains
Post # 8
I was surprised too- because she was accomplished and also because she is well known- I know she’s not a traditional celebrity but it seems to me that celebrities don’t usually change their name…at most, they will hyphenate ie Courtney Cox Arquette (which, I suppose it’s possible that they legally change their name but continue with their original name in the public eye for recognition).
People are kind of harsh about it, you’re right! (I read those articles you linked in my thread). I feel that feminism is about choice….and that some choices aren’t feminist. BUT as a woman, you are free to make whatever choice you want, feminist or not. Like, I’m choosing not to change my name- but I make plenty of choices that aren’t feminist (like shaving my legs or working in a traditionally “female” career or lots of other things). I don’t think it’s bad to make a choice that doesn’t support gender equality, (depending what it is…like, actually lobbying towards women not being allowed to vote or something would not be a choice I support, lol) but I think it’s still important to talk about these things and realize our role in them.
Post # 9
I was surprised but, really only because I think her maiden name has a nice ring to it when paired with her first name.
Amal Clooney sounds so generic.
Either way, she can choose to do what she wants to do. I’ll never for the life of me understand why every decision a professional woman makes has to be about feminism.
Post # 10
Since she’s older and has high professional status, I can see where she might keep her maiden name. Even though she was well known with her maiden name, she gets additional name recognition by taking Clooney’s name.
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Post # 12
I agree with you, feminism is supposed to be about women being free to make their own decisions and for those decisions to not be based on – or entirely dependant on – their gender. She wants to change her name, good for her. If she hadn’t wanted to change her name then good for her also. If George had started demanding to be known as Mr. Alamuddin then good for him too. They’re both adults and seem perfectly capable of choosing their own monikers.
I was slightly surprised when I heard ‘Amal Clooney’ and my first thought was “has she changed her name or is this a lazy journalist assuming she has/will.” The vast majority of women in the public eye do keep their names, at least professionally, so I actually think it takes guts to buck the trend especially when you (surely) know you risk being branded ‘anti-feminist’.
As long as she changed her name because that’s what she wanted to do, as opposed to feeling like she had to then I think it’s great. Keeping your maiden name because you feel you have to is as bad as changing it because you feel you have to. Being free to do whichever is something I’m 100% behind.
Post # 13
Strange that her firm would change it when it wasn’t changed with the bar. I literally just had my job change mine today once the bar website reflected the change – did not want any professional confusion.
Post # 14
mrs.joiner: LOL, she’s a lawyer, practicing in England, who married George Clooney. She’s handled some high profile cases, incluing the Wiki-leaks one.
Post # 15
HannahGrace: HannahGrace, I did the same thing. I did not change my anme professionally until I had formal permission from the Bar to change it and practice under my married name.