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‘Get Married, Be Submissive’ Book Irks Feminists

From the Irish Times:

‘Get married and be submissive’ book raises hackles in Spain

By Guy Hedgecoe | December 11, 2013

For a few heady days it was flying off the shelves faster than any other book in Spain and it has been sitting near the top of the country’s bestseller list for weeks. As Christmas approaches, it is neck-and-neck with a spin-off of the Hunger Games trilogy and is comfortably outperforming Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela.

[In Spain] Costanza Miriano’s book Cásate y sé sumisa (“Get Married and Be Submissive”) is rapidly becoming a publishing phenomenon, outraging feminists and delighting its cheerleaders in the Catholic Church.

Of course, if it was about S&M, like ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey,’ things would have been different.

Packed full of advice for newly wed women, the book, as its title suggests, has a very particular view of a wife’s role.

“It’s true, you’re not yet an experienced cook or a perfect housewife,” reads one passage. “What’s the problem if he tells you so? Tell him that he is right, that it’s true, that you will learn. On seeing your sweetness and your humility, your effort to change, this will also change him.”

Another section suggests the following: “If you only do what is right for you, what you think, then you are not married to a man, you are married to yourself. Instead of doing that, you should submit to him.”

What terrible advice, huh?

The author is from Italy and the original version of the book has already been a bestseller in that country. The Spanish translation of Cásate y sé sumisa has been replicating that success since its launch last month, but the fact the book has been published by the Catholic Archbishopric of the southern city of Granada has added an extra dimension to the furore surrounding its content…

The Catholic Church is publishing the Spanish version? Does Time Magazine know this? Will they want to re-think their Person Of The Year?

Some critics.. insist the book encourages violence against women, citing as evidence passages such as: “We [women] like humiliation because it is for a greater good.”

And what did these critics say about ‘Fifty Shades’?

On November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, demonstrators gathered in the northern city of Bilbao and tore up dozens of covers of the book, before throwing water-filled balloons at a blown-up picture of it…

Gee, and we thought book burning was bad.

Meanwhile, the next title the Archbishopric of Granada plans to publish by Costanza Miriano could go some way to defusing the situation. It’s a guide to marriage for men, called Cásate y da la vida por ella – or “Get Married and Give Your Life for Her”.

Which, we suspect, won’t cause any feminists to bat their eyelashes.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, December 12th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

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