An Italian blogger, journalist, and mother of four, is making waves in Europe and it seems to be hitting the shores of North America. She has recently published a book about marriage, but it is certainly no ordinary book, at least not by today’s standards. It has sold over 100,000 copies, but the subject concerns female submission in marriage, and how it makes marriages happy and healthy. She doesn’t mean submission in the bad sense of the word. She means be the peacemaker, be the column that stands beneath the structure and holds it up, or the neck that turns the head – something like that.
But whatever her intent, Constanza Miriano’s book Get Married and Submit (Cásate y Sé Sumisa in Italian) has ignited protests, book burnings and a call from a Spanish member of parliament for the book to be banned. I only wish the likes of Fifty Shades of Grey had incited the same reaction from feminists!
Sarah Rainey in this Telegraph article is indignant and disparages the book wholeheartedly, but she does refer to an expert who has this to say:
Sam Owen, a relationships coach and psychologist, says the resurgence of traditional notions about marriage is due to the breakdown of society. “There are now so many single parents and broken homes, and married couples that are still together tend to be parents and grandparents. If people are hankering for an old-fashioned marriage, it’s often because so much of it worked so well.”
See this BBC interview with Constanza of Get Married and Submit here.