Another 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.
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