Shocker! Parents From France Taken To Court For Naming Their Child "Liam"
Imagine having to defend your right as a parent to give your child whatever name you please! Well, these parents from France have been taken to court for naming their newborn daughter Liam.
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Why the court placed a ban on the name
Their crime is quite interesting. The new parents have been stopped from using the name because a public prosecutor believes that it "would likely create a risk of gender confusion."
It gets even more intriguing.
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The prosecutor says he is doing it in the interest of the girl. Specifically, he says the name, Liam, is "contrary to the interest of the child."
He does not want her parents to stand between the baby and her future chance at happiness, because the name could harm her social relations.
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If you think this is too much to wrap your head around, rest easy. This practice is fairly normal in France. In fact, the French government has always had a strong hand in what parents decide to name their children.
As recently as 1993, parents could only pick baby names from an approved list, so the public prosecutor is just doing his job.
Still, it comes as no surprise that Twitter users are weighing in on the case, and opinions are divided. Some people are applauding the courts decision, and some others think this is a waste of government resources.
To start with, this user just goes all out to call this a case of gender bias:
Why is everything so gender stereotypical? A name is a parents choice, and if the child hates their name it’s the parents who will have to deal with it for the next 18 years at least
— Melanie bednall (@melanie_bednall) March 14, 2018
The ones who approve mostly think the parents are being ultra modern with their choice:
Omg Noooooo!! Never in a million years ????. Although sometimes I shout out random names and Libby gets called Liam. Defo not acceptable ????
— Leanne (@leanneyoung2530) March 14, 2018
LOL WOT?! Someone needs to slap those parents. Good on France for stepping in. There’s loads of Liams in my family all named after my grandfather who was William and they’re ALL male. There’s PLENTY of unisex and female names, go pick one of them
— Mairead Ralph (@MaireadRalph) March 13, 2018
Maybe every baby will soon be given trans-gender names to be politically correct. Baby girls named George and Michael and Hugh, and baby boys named Annie and Lucy and Sophie. Not to mention the children named after fruit which politically has no gender at all.
— Jo Rees lear (@ReesJo) March 13, 2018
And the ones who disapprove think the government is overstepping its boundaries:
There are worse things for prosecutors to worry about than a baby's name. Come on!
— Alexander Edoh (@AlexEdoh2013) March 13, 2018
Lol it's a fricking boys name ffs but it's hardly offensive. She'll have the piss taken out of her for sure but people will soon get used to it.... I hope!
— Janice Annette (@RoweJanice) March 13, 2018
I think it’s fine. I quite like it.
— Lindsey Evans (@linzowillo) March 13, 2018
Wat ever floats Ur boat I guess
— Honeybear (@Honeybear6666) March 14, 2018
it doesn't cause offence to anyone and isn't some daft name brought on by a phase from the so called celebrities ... there is plenty of names both genders share ie Jamie
— Vicki Ingham (@vicki_ingham) March 13, 2018
This woman has a slightly different take on the issue. She thinks the name could become unisex before the girl gets old enough to care:
Yes, language develops and changes all the time. For teenagers it's all peng, lit, sick, bae etc certainly changed since my teenage days. It may become a unisex name in time. Lots of people end up with nicknames anyway.
— Jules M (@julesm2211) March 13, 2018
It's an individuality contest
While the French prosecutor is just trying to preserve tradition, the rest of the world has moved on. Not many people care about whether a name is male or female centric. Parents just name their children whatever appeals to them.
People are taking a walk on the wild side, naming their children Hashtag, Gangnam Style, Chairish, Tulala Does The Hula From Hawaii, Placenta, and Ssst!
Naming a child is all about the parents and their need to stand out. Perhaps, the French need to catch up.
And, while we are at it, we wonder what this court in France would think of the Kardashians and their name choices?