Been thinking a lot about names and their potential to influence identity. A question came up between me and bearddamnheroes and I wouldn’t mind soliciting some opinions on the subject. It’s become common to give girls traditionally male names, but the inverse isn’t true, for obvious sexist reasons.

So what if you gave a boy a traditionally female name? (I mean, other than Sue.) The obvious answer is that the boy will get teased, although bearddamnheroes thinks that’s less true these days (and I think he’s underestimating the amount of sexism that children are still indoctrinated into). Should teasing be a factor in naming your kids? Would the boy grow up with less of a rigid sense of gender distinctions, or possibly more? What if it were a middle name, would that make a difference?