Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A Mail Thing Woman Is Spurned for Fictitious Man of House

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A Mail Thing Woman Is Spurned for Fictitious Man of House

Article excerpt

Wilhelm von Struensee has been getting a lot of junk mail and telephone solicitations lately, but he's not complaining.

There is no "Wilhelm." Susan von Struensee made up the "man of the house" so her phone book entry would include a man's name and deter prank calls.

But the 37-year-old lawyer says she's learned something from "Wilhelm": The man of the house gets more offers to do business. And she's filed a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

"I was thinking about joining AAA one winter. When Wilhelm got a free AAA membership and I didn't, I realized this marketing practice was assuming that the men in marriages are making all the decisions, and women are in the subordinate role," von Struensee said.

In February 1995, von Struensee moved to a new address and submitted a telephone book entry that read, "Von Struensee, Susan & Wilhelm," taking her made-up husband's name from a book she was reading at the time.

Even though her name is listed first, offers have flooded in for Wilhelm through the mail and over the telephone. …

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