A family dispute over the naming of a child has resulted in tension and hurt feelings. The brother has written on Reddit about how he is desperately trying to convince her sister to choose a different name for her unborn child.
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The author begins his story by giving the context that, although he is a man, he was given a name at birth that is traditionally a girl’s name, which has caused him a lot of problems throughout his life, as he explains:
“I am a man who was given a woman's name at birth. A good example is naming your son Alice. It's not what my name was but it's close. My parents are hippies and gave their oldest son a girl's name to "stick it to the man" and I will never forgive them for it. That name caused me to be bullied and damaged my professional life in ways I cannot describe.”
As detailed by Psychology Today, name choice can have a profound impact on a child's wellbeing, as it is often the first thing people use to identify them. A child's name can shape their sense of self-worth and identity, as well as influence how others perceive and interact with them, as reported by BBC.
A major dispute within his family began when his sister, who is currently pregnant, revealed to her family that she had chosen a rather unique name for her unborn daughter. He clarifies:
“My sister is pregnant with her first child. A girl. She and her husband are ecstatic, it just sucks that she inherited my parent's stupid propensity to see their children as fashion statements. Last night, she revealed to the family the name of her daughter. It's Krxstxl. The name is pronounced Crystal. I already don't like that name but it's at least appropriate. I was not surprised to learn that my mom helped come up with the name.”
The brother's opinion on the matter is compounded by his own personal experience. In an effort to protect his niece from facing similar experiences, he has been vocal and firm in his opinion on the name. He concludes with:
“I told my sister she was being either selfish, stupid, or an incredibly strong combination of the two if she thinks her daughter will want a stupid name like Krxstxl. We got into an argument and I told her I already see her and her husband as [bad] parents for using their kid to be off-brand with her name and left right after. My sister is not taking it well at all and my mom is furious with me.”
Online users rallied behind the author, feeling that he was just looking after his niece rather than being a bad person. One user wrote:
“I’m going to get downvoted, but as someone who changed their name the moment they turned 18, you’re right. She is stupid. It’s a horrendous name that will do nothing but get the child bullied. It’s not “unique” or cute.”
Another continued with:
“Let's get one thing straight here. "Krxstxl" Is not, will not be, and shouldn't be assumed to be pronounced "Chrystal". Real life is not algebra class, The letter X is not a placeholder for whatever sound they think should be there. Newsflash, that's what letters are for.”
What do you think?
Is the author justified in throwing a stink over his sister’s preferred name for her unborn child, as a way to defend his niece?
Or did the author go too far with his comments, and he crossed the line by calling his sister and her husband ‘stupid’?
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