annabeth taking jackson as her last name does not demote her independence, or downgrade her role as a strong female character. where did this idea that taking your husband’s last name means dominance and dependence come from?
of course annabeth would want to take percy’s last name. i doubt she…
I said this earlier today, but I really feel like this is becoming overthought, especially since it started off as a joke. Anyways, Annabeth has completely made up with her parents— she even tasted buttered popcorn she had on movie nights with her dad when she had ambrosia. Annabeth Chase is a powerful name, it’s a famous name, it’s a hero’s name, it’s the name that she started off with, and it’s the name that she can build off of. It doesn’t have to be one way or another. Annabeth Chase-Jackson makes a lot of sense. It has nothing to do with feminism, it’s simply a sense of pride for being who she is. Seriously, she’s not the only woman who doesn’t want to completely change their last name. It shouldn’t have to be the norm. It’s simply a choice. Annabeth Chase is who she was then, and Annabeth Chase-Jackson is who she will be— still the old her, just a little more sure of herself and a little more permanent. It shouldn’t matter. She keeps her pride in being the only Annabeth Chase and the last of the Chase women, and she adds her pride in being married to her best friend.
And actually, keeping your original last name does signify independence. It doesn’t signify less independence if you don’t, but still. She’s not going to forget who she used to be. It’s not going to downgrade her role as a strong female character, definitely not. She’s just proud of who she is. Seriously, it’s not a big deal :)