A mangina, according to the Urban Dictionary, is when a guy simulates the look of a vagina by hiding his private parts between his leg. For some people, a mangina is also a man who views women as superior, a male feminist if you will.
One prime example of a mangina is Zoe Saldana’s husband, Marco Perego.
The Guardians of the Galaxy badass admitted in a recent interview with In Style that her husband, Italian artist Marco Perego, took her surname after their marriage on his own volition.
As a matter of fact, Saldana claims that she tried to talk him out of it.
“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,” she warned her husband.
But Mr. Saldana just told her that he doesn’t “give a s**t” and seems to be proud of it.
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Numerous women and some sectors will say that the artist is quite the progressive for taking his wife’s surname, but he undoubtedly has gotten (or will receive) a lot of backlash over this.
After all, a man taking his wife’s surname is not really the norm and raises questions of his masculinity (or lack thereof).
Some might even wonder if he’s riding on his wife’s popularity by taking her surname over his lesser known one.
The surname issue is nothing new. Last year, Jemima Khan made headlines when she decided to revert back to her maiden name a decade after her divorce from cricketer Imran Khan. According to her, she used her ex-husband’s surname for her children but now that they’re all grown up, she decided she can go back to her old surname.
Her decision raised eyebrows then, much in the same way that Saldana’s revelation has undoubtedly raised the eyebrows of both men and women.
But wouldn’t it be better and easier for everyone, feminists included, if both parties just keep their respective surnames?