Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., wrote in his new memoir that the role of a wife is to “voluntarily submit, just as the husband is to lovingly lead and sacrifice.”
Released in December, his book “Just Fly the Plane, Stupid!” recounts how his wife, Cynthia, submitted to him so that he could lead their family. He insists repeatedly that submission doesn’t mean his wife is inferior or can’t participate in major decision-making, the Washington Post reported.
He says that "authoritarian control is not given to the husband."
"The wife’s submission is not a matter of superior versus inferior; rather, it is self-imposed as a matter of obedience to the Lord and of love for her husband," wrote Pearce, who is Baptist.
He acknowledges that his sentiment is controversial.
"The principle is among the most controversial of all directives coming from the Bible. Critics abound, both Christian and non-Christian," he wrote, adding, "Many of my friends dealt with the directive by ignoring it..."
A spokesperson for Pearce released a vehement statement to the Washington Post Wednesday insisting that submission and subservience are different things.
"This was a piece of either sloppy journalism or wilful intent to deceive," the spokesperson said. "The words clearly written show that Pearce believes the phrase 'submission' is widely misunderstood in society and criticizes those who distort the bible to justify male dominance."
Pearce’s words likely aren’t doing any favors for the Republican National Committee, which said it wants to let women “know we are fighting for them.”
The 2012 election saw one of the biggest “gender gaps” in recent history. Since then GOP candidates are being coached on how to talk about women’s issues.