When I was in grade school I remember my mom reading this book called “Fascinating Womanhood” by Helen B. Andelin, a kind of 50’s ‘dress nice, have his pipe and slippers ready when he comes home from work’ kind of book, on how to be that perfect wife for your husband…
She tried it for a week or so, and threw the book away. It was basically a lesson on how to become a doormat.. A prop in the husband’s perfect world. The entire book is focused on pleasing the husband and doing everything possible to make HIM comfortable, meeting all HIS needs, and making yourself pleasing in every way. It was about becoming a non-person and being all things to your husband, making his world all comfortable and perfect. The picture that comes to mind is the old magazines from the 40’s and 50’s with the women in their kitchens, cooking a huge meal in dress and high heels, hair done and makeup perfect. The house and yard were always perfect, the kids always clean and well mannered, and when dad came home, the wife waited on him hand and foot.
Well, I guess that sounds a lot like the kind of wife Mike Huckabee things women should become.
According to Daily Kos, Huckabee thinkswomen’s role in marriage is to “graciously submit”.
Huckabee’s opinion on gay marriage is out there, but we should also be publicizing Huckabee’s opinions on heterosexual marriage. Specifically, what he believes about a women’s role in a marriage.
In August of 1998, Huckabee was one of 131 signatories to a full page USA Today Ad which declared: “I affirm the statement on the family issued by the 1998 Southern Baptist Convention.” What was in the family statement from the SBC? “A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ.”
The ad wasn’t just a blanket, “we support the SBC statement,” but rather highlighted details. The ad Huckabee signed specifically said of the SBC family statement: “You are right because you called wives to graciously submit to their husband’s sacrificial leadership.”
Add “graciously submit” to his “Take back the nation for Christ” statement, and if the media does its job, he’s well on his way to being toast.
It doesn’t really work for me.. And frankly, my husband wouldn’t have a lot of respect for me if I suddenly turned into his submissive doormat.. I don’t see Huckabee getting the womens’ vote.