I bit my tongue when she called me Mrs. Partner’s Last-Name. I bit my tongue because it felt more important to me in that moment to have her as an ally than to correct her assumption. I bit my tongue, but Mrs. Partner’s Last-Name does not even begin to be my name.
If you wish to address me formally, you may call me Dr. Whedon. See, I have an independently earned professional title. I am not defined by my relationship status. You don’t even really need to know that a married title is totally wrong. And I have my own name.
Let me repeat that, because it’s important: I have my own name.