Go ahead quote me

"Men, you will not cease to exist by taking your partner's surname. On the contrary – you'll be remembered as a man who stood by change"

- Actress Zoe Saldana (above). She and her husband, artist Marco Perego, have taken each other's last names

"Y'all be calling my daughter's name weird, like her name should be some name you've heard before. I don't like to say something's weird when it's innovative and fresh"

- Rapper Kanye West (above) on critics of his daughter's name, North

"I'm so excited these days by the fluidity of gender that's happening. I think once all those “boxes” are gone, it's going to be so much more interesting and so much less energy spent on those “boxes”. We can get down to the nitty-gritty of, really, what a person is"

- Actress Susan Sarandon (above), who looks forward to the end of gender stereotypes

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 17, 2015, with the headline 'Go ahead quote me'. Print Edition | Subscribe