A new book by Italian housewife Costanza Miriano that offers advice to new wives has sparked controversy in Italy and Spain as it rises to the top of the bestseller lists. Cásate y sé sumisa, translated as Get Married and Be Submissive, is filled with the kind of guidance you would expect to find in the library of Betty Draper or one of the Stepford wives: "Women like humiliation because it's for a greater good," asserts one notorious passage. But according to the author, the protests it's caused after its publication in Spain are the first she's seen.
Not only that, but the book's actually garnered praise from certain parts of the Catholic church. Feminist activists staged a parody "submissive wedding" in front of the Archbishopric of Granada after the archbishop came out in support of the book, saying that protesting it while supporting abortion rights was hypocritical, because apparently Spain traveled back in time to the 18th century while we all had our heads turned. Anyway, it's unclear whether the book's high sales are a result of support or controversy, but the fact that it exists at all in 2013 is pretty depressing.
Thanks to The Daily Beast
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