June 8th, 2006


Another reason I will always keep my name

I love my last name, even though half the world can't pronounce it properly. There's a rich family history behind it, and I have the symbol of it tattooed to my back.

Years and years and years ago, I said something in the Houston Chronicle about keeping my last name.
It's always been funny to me that women are expected to change their names but when the question comes up about whether a man should change his name, there is embarrassed silence or even horror at the suggestion. I fully intend on keeping my last name, mainly because it identifies my close association with my family. . . . I'm a 16th-generation Solis (11th in Texas), and I'm going to be that regardless of who I marry.
I bring this up, because multiple name changes is causing a political candidate some trouble.

I've jokingly refered to the Comptroller as Carole Keeton McClellen* Rylander Strayhorn, due to her multiple name changes over the years. These days she goes by Carole Keeton Strayhorn. Now she's having trouble being identified by the electorate.
AUSTIN - Independent Carole Keeton Strayhorn won political office under her two previous married names, but in this year's race for governor, voters apparently are saying: Strayhorn who?

Strayhorn told supporters in an e-mail this week that is why she wants to solve her name identification problem by appearing on the November ballot as "Grandma" Strayhorn. She has campaigned as "One Tough Grandma" since 1998.

Born Carole Keeton, she won the Austin mayor's office as Carole McClellan. She won statewide elections for railroad commissioner and state comptroller as Carole Keeton Rylander.

But she has remarried since her last election in 1992, exchanging vows with Eddie Strayhorn and picking up a new last name in the process.

"The name change from Rylander to Strayhorn has not completely sunk in with voters (She has never run as Strayhorn)," said the fundraising e-mail.
Kinky Friedman will petition to keep the Kinky part of his name on the ballot too. Apparently state law says that it has to be an established nickname for 3 years before the election.

ETA: Weird. I reread the 1998 article where I was quoted, and I saw that a former colleague of mine was also quoted in the article. I didn't know him at the time. Another colleague of ours called me after the article was printed to say she agreed wholeheartedly with the story. I wonder if she called him also. I also note that almost all of the "if you don't change your name, you have no business getting married" comments were from men. I wonder how much attitudes have changed in 8 years.

*Yes, the she's the mother of the President's former press secretary.
health care

Stock in chastity belts will go up. Invest now.

Holy shit.

The FDA approved the HPV vaccine. Hmmm. Crafty. They took advantage of the no-homo-marriage amendment brouhaha to distract the religious right. That way they could approve this perfectly scientifically sound and potentially life-saving vaccine from the same fate as Plan B, without interference from a sexually hypersensitive religious right. Cuz disease prevention causes premarital sex, you know.

The downside? Well, genital warts research has actually led to innovations beyond, er, the removal of genital warts. I've talked to a few plastic surgeons that are using genital wart removal techinques to reduce keloid scaring. If we elimitate HPV, where will cosmetic surgeons turn next?

I wonder if you can take the vaccine after over a dozen years of sexual activity? Probably not...
come and get me

From your friendly neighborhood reproductive healthcare clinic

Planned Parenthood is getting ready for the 2007 legislative session. They fully expect a South Dakota type ban to hit the legislature next year, and they're getting signatures ready to oppose the measures. The above is a link to the below petition.
We are fighting our toughest battle yet. We will not stand aside and let these hard-line politicians turn back the clock on women's reproductive freedom. We will fight to defeat any and all abortion bans. We will fight to provide health care for all women, men, and families. We will fight to provide education and advocacy. We have no choice but to fight and win!
Show your state pride & prevent Texas from becoming the next South Dakota!
I oppose an abortion ban in Texas. I will not stand aside and let these hard-line politicians turn back the clock on women's reproductive freedom.

I will join the fight for women's reproductive freedom.
The e-mail that sent me to the petition said that Mississippi and Louisiana are next in trying to outright ban abortion. Ohio, I've heard, is on the brink.