Republican Representative Says Wives Should “Voluntarily Submit” to Their Husbands

1555305_10152178623797489_928462745_nAnother day, another Republican proving that the GOP simply doesn’t “get it.”  I’ve joked with some of my liberal friends that there’s a room Republicans meet in every now and then where they come up with outlandish things to say to see how far they can push idiocy while still having millions of people voting for them.

The latest example of this comes from New Mexico Republican Representative Steve Pearce, who apparently believes that wives should “voluntarily submit” to their husbands.

Oh, but he claims he doesn’t see women as inferior to men.

Pearce, in a December memoir titled “Just Fly the Plane, Stupid!” said:

“The wife is to voluntarily submit, just as the husband is to lovingly lead and sacrifice.  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.”

When I read that, this is what I get – “The husband is the one who can make the big decisions in life, the only one who can handle that burden.  It’s up to the wife to sit there, shut up and support him – because he’s the man.

And now here’s the other laughable part of his little memoir:

“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.”

I love it.  “Self-imposed” as a matter of obedience (like a dog) to her husband.

But I guess all of this sexism is okay because he condemns men who bully their wives.

Well, why shouldn’t he?  In his mind, the wives should just be “voluntarily subservient” to men.  Why bully your wife into being that way?  Just ditch her then find a woman who will “voluntarily submit” to the man’s wishes.

You know, no bullying required.

It’s these kinds of beliefs that are absolutely asinine.  As a man, I would hate to have a wife that just “submitted” to anything and everything I did.  That would drive me insane.

What Rep. Pearce sees as a team is the man leading and the woman following.  What I see as a team is two people coming together to lead together.  You actually work together, as a team.  You compromise, you give, you take – you view each other as equals.

There’s no way you can want a woman to “submit” to you while viewing them as equal.  That doesn’t even make sense.

But the real sad part is, I’ve met quite a few women who actually believe this nonsense.  Hell, I’m sure millions of women do.  It just baffles me how a political party can so openly treat an entire gender (and the majority of the population, by the way) as second-class citizens yet still have tens of millions of that gender voting for them.

I just don’t get it.

But the comments written by Rep. Pearce are just more in a long line of blatant anti-women beliefs many Republicans have shown over the years.  And while his comments are the most recent, they sure won’t be the last example of overt sexism we see from the Republican party.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • MLR

    The thing is, I heard this very same thing at church several weeks ago and I couldn’t believe my ears. Thinking I was alone in my thinking I asked several family members and friends what they thought about “wives submitting to their husbands” and almost everyone disagreed, including men. We all agreed couples should love and respect and be loyal to each other and if you have that you don’t need to make one person “submissive”.

  • ssr

    But that’s just it… churches are taking this nonsense straight from the bible. You know, the book written all that time ago by men who bought and sold wives and daughters like property….

  • shellgirl

    “What Rep. Pearce sees as a team is the man leading and the woman following. What I see as a team is two people coming together to lead together. You actually work together, as a team. You compromise, you give, you take – you view each other as equals.

    There’s no way you can want a woman to “submit” to you while viewing them as equal”

    Excellently put!!!

  • kissyface

    yup, no rethuglican war on women

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      • kissyface

        i have dealt with him on hp… i know how to handle him but thanks for the headup

      • gmartini

        Ok—just looking out for you. Good luck; he’s a real azz hole.

      • Little Harriet

        Get. Psychological. Help.

      • You follow me to a 2 year old post and I’m the one that needs psychological help? Seriously? I find it odd how you and the little troll that gave you a like found me here. Oh, well—you can be Forward Progressives’ problem; at least you’re no longer News Views’ problem.

      • Lady Fingers of Sandwich

        Why haven’t you had my comment removed? Why not? You can’t. LOL. It drives you nuts doesn’t it?

      • GFY, psycho troll!
        And it must drive you nuts that you can no longer troll NV—Have fun posting psycho BS on a 2 year old thread; it speaks volumes about your level of psychosis—

      • Lady Fingers of Sandwich

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      • Lady Fingers of Sandwich

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      • Mr Universe

        And you’re a real cunt.

      • Lady Fingers of Sandwich

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      • Thedude

        Truth scared you didnt it?Coward. Good day.

  • David Kempton

    Remember the two important points here –

    One:he’s a Republican with a born-again mentality, whose sole agenda is to make the Bible the basis for American law.

    Two – it is against the Constitution to use the Bible as the basis for law.

    And of course, all the “God-fearing” (Faux watching) pseudo-Christians who have found their outlet for racial hate by joining the Tea Party continue to vote these fools into power.

  • debengr

    Seems he has just described a relationship where the man is too cowardly to stand up for his views while working together so he needs to have a wife who will let him have the lead. Wonder why men like this can’t see how weak they are.

    • Billy Howell

      This is rampant in this type of person. They are the groups that publish “research” without accepting pier review. They are the friends on fb that want to post something inflammatory but say, “I didn’t want to start a debate,” when someone calls them out on it. And, obviously, the men who want their women to be as a mindless servant – never questioning them.

  • Pipercat

    If I were across the desk from him and he said this to me, I’d probably say, you’re shitting me, right?

  • James

    50% of marriages end in divorce. Passive men refuse to lead, and women are forced to assume that role. What would happen if men started acting the way God intended them to act?

    • David J

      Those darned “uppity women”, causing all these divorces. RIGHT!!!!

      • Pipercat

        No kidding, couldn’t have anything to do with that all night bender with six “entertainers.”

  • Jason Bolton

    This isn’t a partisan issue, it’s a religious one. I still get a hell of a laugh at these sites trying so hard to maintain there is a difference between the two parties. There are agnostic pro-choice republicans and there are hardcore evangelical democrats. Sure, the religious right makes the most noise, but the politicians only vote how their corporate sponsors tell them to so none of this hyperbolic bullshit noise means anything.

    • charleo1

      Spoken like a person that’s not a woman. If it didn’t mean anything
      they wouldn’t keep saying these things. And if there are hard core
      Evangelical Democrats, they are not listening to someone. Either,
      their Preacher, or their Party.

      • Jason Bolton

        What? How is his OPINION bad for women? He probably believes that dinosaurs and adam played together in the garden of eden too, but that doesn’t bother the lizard population. He can’t legislate that women “voluntarily submit” to their husbands, whatever that freaking means, so who cares what he thinks. Move on, stop being offended by BS fluff pieces that are simply designed to divide people and pay attention to the fact that these millionaires in office are all voting the same regardless of the little (D) or (R) in front of their names.

      • charleo1

        Okay, sure. I get where you’re coming from, Don’t
        buy in completely. But it’s true, I would consider it a move in a positive direction, if there were a clearer difference in the policies, between the two Parties. At lease half as large as the wage, and wealth inequities, between the top 1%, and the rest of us. I don’t see Conservatives, which have reinvented the word, by the way. Doing anything on any front, to move the majority to a better position, in this respect. I see one Party as at least trying, and talking about the right issues. The other, culturally, as well as economically, trying to block progress, as they are proposing to pull the Country backwards. I want these attitudes about women to be elevated. Because I believe they are indicative of this deeper overarching approach to exclude other segments of the population as well. To education, and opportunities to move up the income ladder. Especially as it pertains to minorities. In other words, I deem it important, because it fits with other policies of greater import. And serves I think, as an accurate indicator of who they are, and what the Conservative Right has come to represent.

  • Ronald Mack

    The same old crap for eon’s use the lord as a vehicle to control or demean a segment of the population.

  • Echo Moon

    your surprised that so many women vote for them?? it’s called brainwashing! from a baby to marriageable age girls to women are fed this crap. it’s drummed into their heads day after day, year after year.your taken to the church that preaches this stuff and that powerful figure that even you father respects and listens to says the same thing. and then you are force fed a book that was supposedly “gods holy” word…

    is it really any wonder that so many woman believe this shit? tell someone often enough and punish them when they disagree or question? yeah, oh yeah they will believe it!!!