Jennifer Lopez Responds To Criticism Over Taking Ben Affleck's Last Name



Jennifer Lopez has recently responded to the criticism she received after she took her husband, Ben Affleck's, last name.
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The 53-year-old singer and actor married Affleck in an intimate ceremony back in July after the two lovebirds rekindled their romance last year.


Upon tying the knot, JLo decided she was going to take her husband's last name as a way of honoring their new chapter, but it seems as though her decision didn't sit too well with some people... And by some people, I'm referring to the author of the brazen opinion piece published by The New York Times.


Not only did Jennifer Weiner describe Lopez's decision as "cringe-y", but she also added that she felt as though the singer was "submitting" to her man.

"...A woman taking her husband’s last name feels to me like a submission," Weiner wrote. "A gesture that doesn’t say 'I belong with him' so much as 'I belong to him.' And at this fraught moment for feminism in America, a woman like the former Jennifer Lopez deciding to change her name feels especially dispiriting."


A very harsh critic, to say the least.

However, regardless of the judgement, it seems as though Lopez is still confident with her decision.

Speaking to Vogue for the upcoming December issue, she told the outlet that she's "proud" of her marriage to Affleck.


Lopez said: "People are still going to call me Jennifer Lopez. But my legal name will be Mrs. Affleck because we’re joined together. We’re husband and wife. I’m proud of that. I don’t think that’s a problem."

She also went on to emphasize that regardless of whose name she's taken, she still feels "empowered as a woman."
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"I’m very much in control of my own life and destiny and feel empowered as a woman and as a person," she added. "I can understand that people have their feelings about it, and that’s okay, too. But if you want to know how I feel about it, I just feel like it’s romantic. It still carries tradition and romance to me, and maybe I’m just that kind of girl."


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And beyond that, isn't that the true purpose of feminism - to allow women to make their own decisions based on what feels right for them? It seems pretty ironic and quite frustrating that a woman is publicly shaming another woman for a decision she made in the name of feminism.

You don't have to agree with it. Just respect it.







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