Zoë Saldana is making headlines after the revelation that her husband, Marco Perego will be taking her last name. Different media publication platforms are weighing in their opinions about what they think. Regardless of what anyone thinks and to quote The Huffington Post, Zoe Saldana’s husband doesn’t “give a sheet” what people say about his decision to take the actress’ last name.“I tried to talk him out of it. I told him, ‘If you use my name, you’re going to be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men, by the world’,” the star told InStyle. And she was right, that is exactly what is happening right now. There are mixed responses to his decision.
Debate.org discussed this topic to find out the opinions, surrounding this topic. “Should women take their husbands’ last names?” Responses from this website indicate that 48% ‘say yes’ to this question, while 53% of the respondents ‘say no’. Based on these statistics, it would seem that we are torn between this idea for a number of reasons.
Proponents of the idea that a woman should take her husbands last name argued that taking a mans last name, honors tradition.‘Why even get married if you are only interested in your self in the first place. When I got married to my husband, I took his name, and he did not even really expect it due to the changes in cultures.’ These are some of the questions and arguments that were raised from 48% of the respondents.
In contrast, the 58% who disagreed, argued that if someone wants to change their name, that’s their decision, and they probably have thought about it and found it to be the best option for them.
In addition, to these comments, other sources see it as moving with the times, I mean after all, we are living in a society were some women would like the same equal opportunities as men; be it in the workforce or in our households.
And lets not forget, based on online sources this man CHOSE to change his last name.
So we can all go to the market and back about whether we like it or not and what we think is appropriate, but I think the most important thing is for them to have a happy, lasting marriage that is not defined by ‘who chose to do what with their last name.’
What are your thoughts, should it be socially accepted for men to take up their girls’ last name or is that just crossing the line a bit?