In a comment I wrote
because of the inherent implications of "maiden", these days née is often used instead though it still caries a gender reference, e.g. Sunita Lyn Williams (née Pandya; born September 19, 1965) is an American astronaut and United States Navy officer...
I want to explore
- Aspects of modern English usage of the term "maiden name" including its potential sexism and other negative connotations
- Whether née can be used instead in all cases
but at the same time avoid too much commotion about the question being off topic.
There are successful questions about sex- and other isms here (see below) so this might be possible. But before I ask in the main site I'd like to ask here:
- Can I ask "Is X sexist" and "Can Y replace it?" in the same question? Should I in this case?
- What can I do to improve it's chances of being well received and minimize distracting irrelevant side discussions, in order to keep the focus on the question itself?
"Successful" question examples: