Here the father's name comes first; changing the order was only made legal relatively recently and a minority actually take advantage of that possibility. The important thing though is what's behind the name, whether the woman, labelled as "wife of" ... woman's responsibility, even when both have jobs, and men proudly claim they "help" rather than just get on and "do". Miriam González Durántez has drawn attention to a custom that remains in place out of tradition and inertia. But doing away with it ... wouldn't change the minds of those few who still think of a woman as a possession. Cases of domestic violence still fill the courts and the hospitals - whatever the surname.