Now that we’ve moved into a new house, we are getting junk mail again.
Apparently, as soon as you’ve signed the papers to buy a house, your name and new address get spread far and wide to advertisers, who make sure you get a flood of “Welcome to the Neighborhood” mailings. On one hand, it’s nice to get mail when you first move in. It gives you a sense of what businesses are in the area and what they’re offering. It also brings new energy to your mailbox and makes your house purchase feel more real, especially right after moving in.
On the other hand, it reminds me of a pet peeve I have about junk mail. The majority of it has come in my husband’s name, with my name nowhere to be found, though advertisers manage to add “or Current Resident” to the mailing. I understand the “or Current Resident” line is required by the Postal Service, but, come on, I’m paying for this house, too! Can’t you manage to add me as an addressee? You’ve got room on the label.
I suspect this is an unquestioned holdover from a time when fewer women owned property, but that hasn’t been the case for decades now. It’s well past time to update this practice and stop assuming that there’s only one head of the household and he’s always male. How do junk mail advertisers address mail to same-sex couples? If they’ve figured out an equitable way to do this, perhaps they can apply that to couples of the opposite sex.
Anyway, that’s the bee in my bonnet. It reminds me that I should get our address on the Do Not Mail list. If we don’t get junk mail, it won’t bother me if my name isn’t on the mailing label.