Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I'm Not a Stripper

Why is it that every Amber on TV or in other media is either a cheerleader, masseuse, or stripper? The perception of Ambers seems to be that we're pretty, vapid, sweet cheerleader/call-girl types, much like Tiffany Amber Thiessen--"Kelly Kapowski" on Saved by the Bell. (Who, by the way became famous by winning Teen Magazine's Great Model Search, and who has since then, sensibly, dropped the "Amber" from her name.)

Some guy once said in regard to my name, "You sound like a German supermodel." Score! I guess that's better than a German stripper, but still. The Ambers of the world are facing name discrimination. I'm pretty sure there are several promotions I didn't receive that went to "Elinors" and "Maudes" instead.

The authors of Freakonomics would say it's because of the socio-economic status of the parents. Names filter through the ranks of society. First Amber is the name of a wealthy, highly-educated family. Then a decade later, a middle class, highly-educated family. And on and on, until it reaches the trailer park. When I was named Amber, it was at a time that indicated that my parents were well educated middle-class. But it's apparently now in the soft arms of friendly escort women.

It's really OK. I suppose I'd prefer to be an Amber or Krissy or Heather than some stodgy and uptight Prudence. But just you wait all you "Madisons" and "Emmas," you'll be seen as simple call-girls soon too.


Tara said...

I cannot wait to read Freakonomics--it is on my reading list for the summer.

So sorry that your name no longer has importance. I guess my name can carry enough for the both of us!

Becky said...

Becky usually refers to a cowgirl. The only place I find my name is in country songs.

GinSpaghetti said...

Could be worse, Ginger! I've always said I had a stripper name. I was supposed to be Virginia but they knew I'd be called "Ginger" so they just used that. I wish they'd kept Virginia. Oh well... At least I can control what my kids' names will be!!!

Amber said...

Tara--It's a fun book. We gave it to Bryan.

Becky--Give me more cowbell.

GinSpaghetti--so funny you should say that. My mom's name is Virginia, and her nickname is Ginger. I guess she just passed on the love to me. :)

Michael Jonathan Van Schooneveld said...

Tara- Books are bad for you. Readings rots the brain.

Becky- Ohhh Beckyyy. Put dowwnn that shotgun. Just 'cause I'm married to the bottle doesn't mean you have to blooww me awayyy.

GinSpaghetti- You have the same name as my mother-in-law. I'm not sure how I feel about that.

Becky said...

Mike ... exactly.