Dispiriting discrepancies

The DLR, having forgotten more passwords than a sieve loses water, is grateful for any security questions that do not require us to remember whether we used the name of our second cat/first school/last street name to ward off marauding Hartlepool hackers. However, the common bank security question of one’s mother’s maiden name is one we’d like to single out for special scrutiny.

Wasn’t our mother’s generation — women who came of age during the 1960s and 70s — the ones who were supposed to have shaken off taking their husbands’ names when they got married? And even if that practice was not widespread (keep in mind the DLR operates within a strict policy of citing no actual research for its generalising comments) surely our generation, when couples often don’t marry, or when women often keep their own names if they do, will result in battering arms of women whose “maiden” (and let’s think about that term for a sec) name is, simply, their name. Not a very good security question then! Say we in consultation with our security consultant/neighbour.

So let’s start taking our security into our hands: say “no name!” every time the bank asks you for your mother’s maiden name (and then send us your bank details please). Much like our impending Free Cake Campaign (FCC) to belatedly protest Peyton & Byrne’s takeover of the British Library’s catering service (£2.20 for a fig roll four days a week? — let me do the maths for you: too. freaking. expensive) we’d like to launch the largely pointless campaign against maiden names as security questions, Freely Enquiring [about] Maiden-names Is Not In Society’s Mores Lately, It’s Too Entiquated! (FEMINISM LITE!). Join us.

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