Dad Refuses To Call His Daughter Karen Like His Wife Wants, Asks The Internet If He’s A Jerk.
The name ‘Karen’ has recently sparked a lot of controversy. What began as a common name suddenly became connected with a slew of unfavourable personality traits. So much so that some Karens are starting to feel harassed and stereotyped. It’s no surprise that some parents are second-guessing their decision to name their children Karen. In this story a man was confused if he was a jerk for telling his wife no when she wanted to name their kid Karen after her mother. Read the story and let us know your views about it.
My wife and I recently found out we’re having a daughter. We hadn’t really talked about names before but we both agreed that each of us will retain veto power. When we did start discussing names, both of us wanted to name her after our late mothers. Her mom’s name was Karen and my mom’s name wasn’t a meme. I told her the baby can take my mom’s name as her first name and her mom’s name as a middle name, or have an entirely different name, but I can’t okay “Karen” as a first name in any case. She got offended because she just wants to honor her mother and thinks I have a problem with that. I just don’t want to set our daughter up to be bullied throughout her life. I told her I’d be fine with whatever first name she picks as long as it doesn’t lead to the baby being picked on later in life, but she’s pretty insistent on Karen.
After posting the story on Reddit and reading people’s opinions the husband posted a delightful update:
We had a talk about this and why she had such an emotional reaction to my veto. Ever since her mom died suddenly when she was only fourteen, she’s wanted to name her first daughter after her and she didn’t really ever consider that the meme might be a potential obstacle. By that point, I’d thought about it for a while and realized that, as many of the comments have pointed out, Karen likely won’t be a meme by the time she’s old enough to feel its impact. So I told her I’ll recant my veto but we should still reconsider it because it still has potential complications and we might just come up with a better tribute. While exchanging ideas, we realized that both our mothers very coincidentally had the exact same middle name, Elizabeth (well mine had two middle names, and Elizabeth was one of them, but still). It seemed completely perfect to both of us so we’re going with it.