Gabrielle Reece may have been a powerhouse on the volleyball court but her personal life, particularly her marriage, is a whole other story. As the wife of legendary surfer Laird Hamilton, Reece has come out recently to declare that women should be “submissive” when it comes to their men.
"To truly be feminine means being soft, receptive, and – look out, here it comes – submissive," the mom of two writes in her new book, My Foot Is Too Big for the Glass Slipper.
While on the Today show on April 12, Gabrielle offered a more thorough – and nauseating – explanation. "So if I'm the woman and he's the man, then yes, that's the dynamic. I'm willing and I choose to serve my family and my husband because it creates a dynamic where he is then in fact acting more like a man and masculine and treating me the way I want to be treated."
Gabrielle Reece and Hamilton tied the knot in 1997. Four years later they filed for divorce and then reconciled two years after that.
Trying so hard not to judge, trying so hard not to judge…. Oops. I’m judging. I cannot, for the life of me, understand why a woman would want to be in a relationship that requires her to be “meekly obedient and passive.”
I want to say "to each her own," because I believe every couple has to do what works for them. But in this case it's tough, if not impossible for me to get on board. Why would a woman want to submit to the leadership of another? Reece's revelation makes me wonder how many men out there secretly wish they were in Hamilton's shoes. And how many ladies out there are looking for this type of dynamic because they think there is something wrong with a woman having power.
Looks like Gabrielle chose the wrong name for her book, since it seems like that glass slipper – with all of its old-fashioned stereotypes about men, women and marriage – is fitting her just fine.