Unisex or androgynous names such as Jamie or Terry have become very poplar with parents over the last decade, but what do people with those names think of them? The majority of girls with unisex names like them, but boys with unisex names are not as enthusiastic.
These opinions may demonstrate that these unisex names are not gender neutral but only less feminine and less masculine. For girls, a name that is not clearly feminine may help them fend of some of the sexual discrimination that they will face in school and in the workplace. For boys, the advantage a less masculine name has for boys is that it is distinctive. This distinction that an androgynous name gives to a boy could actually be to his benefit since it makes him feel unique. Although he may take some ribbing for it in his early school years, later on the feeling of being unique should benefit his sense of self.
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