'real name' is a fake concept. people have always had multiple names. accepting the name in your official records as any more 'real' than any other you choose to be addressed by is merely acceding to capital's control over your reality


i mean this very literally. enforcing fixed identities on people, and in particular last names, which didn't exist in many areas, was an important step in the growth of the capitalist state, and necessary for bureaucratic control over individual lives. capitalism needs people fixed and pinned down in order to subordinate them to production. accepting such names as 'real' is internalising the machinery of control

and in colonialised nations, the imposition of fixed identities is violent far more than just conceptually. having indigenous names has been made illegal, children forced to take 'real' names. the objective is the eradication of one reality, one self-concept, and its forceful replacement with another

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things like facebook's 'real name policy' resulting in banning native americans are not just techbro short-sightedness, they're a purposeful continuation of the same colonial violence

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and i don't need to go into how the concept of 'real names' is weaponised against trans people and trans identities

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i have no real name. i have a thousand masks with nothing behind. no part of me is fixed, no part of me is real

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My legal name is far less unique than my online handle. I've personally run in to maybe a dozen people with my first and last names. I most certainly do not own my name's domain.

My last name is just uncommon enough to not seem fake. But it is a color, and other people use it as a fake name.

My first name has had a solid run among the 100 most popular children's names. (Popular among my age/ethnicity.)

There's a 95% chance that 'yam655' is always me, though. (I own _that_ domain.)

@esvrld heard it referred to as "government name" which I liked as seemed most apt description of it.

@Luke @esvrld People from non-standard Alphabets, like Japanese, Vietnamese, or Korean peoples, also are mandated to have a name in English, even if they also keep their native one if you're immigrating to the US

@Syrel_And_Co @Luke @esvrld when my paternal grandparents emigrated from Mexico they took the last name "Smith" because "Archuleta" was considered "too hard to spell" by the clerk taking their applications.

@Syrel_And_Co @Luke @esvrld and shit I just looked up "Archuleta" and it's a lineage that goes back to Queen Isabella and has a registered crest. *that got taken from me* before I ever had a chance to know I could have it. and then, on the other side of that heritage... my father, in an attempt to reconcile with me that didn't actually involve apologizing for or mitigating any of the ways in which he was a giant dick, gave me a genealogy chart he'd researched about his family, and it was... telling, *extremely* telling, how five or six generations back there's a lot of "Signoir Fransisco de Varisa X Native Woman." like. a *lot*.


@troodon @Luke @esvrld You can probably still make motions to claiming rights to the name again if you want, but you probably don't because thats likely to be a Lot Of Shit at the very least, but there's probably channels you can go through for legal reclamation

@Syrel_And_Co @Luke @esvrld reh, I've already changed my government handle to my satisfaction, and my real/online/personal name(s) is more meaningful and important to me. though one of these days I should probably figure out what my Nahuatl name would be...

@esvrld I don't want to have a last name. I just want to be Luna Maria Elektra, with none of these three having "last name" status (all of them should be like German Vornamen (we don't differentiate between first and middle names here)). I'd rather be called "Ms. Luna" than "Ms. Elektra".

Also the German transgender name change process only allows changing Vornamen, so I'm going to be stuck with my legal last name for a long time unless I get married (and I'm not planning to do that).

@esvrld have you read Seeing Like A State? It gets into this very thing!

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