PRINT May 1974




In Jean-Luc Godard’s film, Weekend, there is dialogue between Corinne (Mireille Darc) and Joseph (Daniel Pommereulle) as follows:

JOSEPH: Very well. Tell me your name, Madame.

CORRINE surprised: My name’s Corinne Durand.

JOSEPH: No it isn’t. That’s your husband’s name. What’s yours?

CORINNE: My maiden name is Corinne Vitron.

JOSEPH: No, that’s your father’s name. What’s yours?

CORINNE shrugging: What? . . . My name? . . . Well, I . . .

When I married, I took my husband’s surname. This was the year 1954. I had begun the journey out of my father’s house years before that.

Over the years, I have often thought about the “problem” of surnames for women. At one point of my heightened consciousness, I considered calling myself Shirley X (for X-chromosome), but then I thought: “Aha, it will turn out I’m merely taking Malcolm’s name.” Applying some wisdom I had picked up during the above mentioned

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