In the world of celebrity news, you may have heard about Zoe Saldana’s husband, Marco Perego, deciding to take his wife’s last name.
Originally when the news reached the public, Saldana admitted to InStyle that she “tried to talk him out of it;” She told him that he was risking emasculation by the outside community.
His response, however, was perfect. He told the actress that he doesn’t give a “shhheeeetttt” (according to her spelling of the expletive with an Italian accent).
The couple’s six-month-old twin boys also took Zoe’s last name, but that detail doesn’t seem to be making as much news.
In a Facebook post on Monday, the couple addressed the gossip in the press around the subject, and Zoe explained her change of heart and what she is hoping others might get out of their experience.
She questions, “the limitations we have inherited from the past” asking, “Why is it so surprising, shocking and eventful that a man would take his wife’s surname? Women have never been asked if it’s ok for them to give up their names — why doesn’t that make the news?”
Zoe explains that although she was hesitant at first about her husband’s decision, she realized that she was just stuck on gender expectations and the norms of masculinity.
In her Facebook post she pleads with men, “to think outside the box—remove the box altogether. Let’s redefine masculinity. A real ‘man’ leads along side his partner. A real man accepts his mortality. A real man acknowledges that nothing can be done alone.”
Zoe and Marco are preaching a message of male and female empowerment, and we love it!