"Going girl" as racial phenomenon
One of the mayoral candidates in NYC this year is named Karmen M. Smith. Contrary to my expectations, Mr. Smith was... well, a mister. Karmen as a boys' name is so rare that it only shows up on the SSA data once. Carmen in general is one of those ostensibly unisex names that's almost unheard of on men, like Ashley or Courtney or Vivian. Except, I know men named Ashley and Courtney and Vivian, and like Karmen Smith, all of them are black.
Lurking on baby name websites, I see a lot of anxiety over whether name X is too feminine for a baby boy, but I'm starting to think this is exclusively a concern among white parents. Am I leaping to conclusions based on having too little data? How would you even go about proving this? And if I am right, why?
Wed, 08/30/2017 - 1:41pm