Mar 7, 2014
Spanish Feminists Say %$&#* to Best-Seller ‘Get Married and Be Submissive’
Posted on Dec 16, 2013
A new book by female Italian writer and television journalist Costanza Miriano has rocketed up Spain’s best-seller lists by advising newlywed women to revert to “traditional” roles of submission and housekeeping—sparking street protests, objections from feminists and progressives, and a demand that the book be recalled.
But the Catholic archbishop of Granada, Francisco Javier Martinez, who published the book, dismissed the critics as “ridiculous and hypocritical,” suggesting the book isn’t going away. And demands that it do so raise “throwback” issues of their own. From The Daily Beast:
Miriano’s book has picked up support from Catholic traditionalists in the increasingly secularized country, and the reaction to it can be read as a barometer of Spanish society, with modernists dismissing it and conservatives embracing it.
At times, it almost reads like a satire, with such advice as: “It’s true, you’re not yet an experienced cook or a perfect housewife. 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.” And: Women “like humiliation because it is for a greater good.”
Some Spanish government officials have asked for investigations into whether some of the contents might violate unspecified Spanish laws, and Anonymous posted a video of a Guy Fawkes-masked woman denouncing the book, according to the British Telegraph:
—Posted by Scott Martelle.
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