Thursday, January 23, 2014

No Submissions Please

One more shining example of GOP outreach: Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) has a book out that tells wives to submit to their husbands.

“The wife is to voluntarily submit, just as the husband is to lovingly lead and sacrifice,” he writes, citing the Bible. “The husband’s part is to show up during the times of deep stress, take the leadership role and be accountable for the outcome, blaming no one else.”

Pearce, who is Baptist, emphasizes repeatedly in the chapter that submission doesn’t mean inferiority but rather that husbands and wives play different roles. He also says it doesn’t mean his wife doesn’t have a say in major decisions.

“The wife’s submission is not a matter of superior versus inferior; rather, it is self-imposed as a matter of obedience to the Lord and of love for her husband,” he writes.

And they wonder why they’re not getting women — and the men who reject this medieval view of matrimony — to vote for them.

This is also one of the reasons the GOP is anti-abortion.  To many of them it goes without saying that women should not have control over their own bodies or be allowed to make decisions about their reproductive health.  They’re not supposed to; the bible says so.

I don’t know Mr. Pearce, and I don’t know his wife, and it’s not my place to comment on his marriage.  Every marriage is different and defined by the people in it and the bond they share, and unless it’s clearly abusive and non-consensual, it’s nobody else’s business as to what goes on in it.  Funny — and by that I mean pathetic — how Mr. Pearce and many of his colleagues won’t grant other people that courtesy.

2 barks and woofs on “No Submissions Please

  1. In old Rome the concubine was for sex, the mistress was for care of the man’s body and the wife was for care of the man’s household. No comingling of the roles, it seems. Wives are also incubators to perpetuate the male line. Are we any more removed from the values of ancient Rome or ancient Israel where Greek-speaking Christians wrote the rules . . . the books of the bible?

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