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“In case you missed the debate in Iowa last night, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) was asked if she would be submissive to her husband,” observes Sarah Pulliam Bailey on the website GetReligion.

“The question wasn’t completely out of left field,” commented Bailey, “since Bachmann mentioned it at a gathering in 2006 when she said she initially hated her husband’s idea of studying a degree in tax law.

“But the Lord said, be submissive. Wives, you are to be submissive to your husband,” she said.

The Washington Examiner’s Byron York asked a question about wifely submission that was quickly booed by the audience.

“It’s amusing,” writes Bailey, “that the egalitarian/complimentarian debates (whether husband and wife more equal in their roles or whether men play a larger role in leadership) are coming up in the presidential election; maybe tomorrow we’ll be asking them about their views on eschatology.

Although I didn’t see the question as sexist or completely irrelevant since she did mention it in the past, I hope that her response (“what submission means to us, if that’s what your question is, is respect”) settles it and we can move on from these kinds of questions to other issues.

The media sexism question came up earlier this week when we saw the Newsweek cover “The Queen of Rage.”


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