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Gabrielle Reece: Submission Is A Sign Of Strength In Women

Gabrielle Reece: Submission Is A Sign Of Strength In Women

Gabrielle Reece is known as a fitness advocate and former volleyball star, but now she’s getting attention for some seemingly old-fashioned views on a woman’s role in a relationship.

Reece recently published a book called My Foot is Too Big for the Glass Slipper, and in it she says that a woman being submissive in a relationship is really a sign of power.

“I think the idea of living with a partner is ‘How can I make their life better? ”’ Reece said on a visit to the Today show. “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 added that being submissive has traditionally been looked at as a weakness, but she disagrees. She also thinks submission doesn’t mean just serving a husband.

“He’s not saying, ‘Dinner on the table at six,’ ” Reece said of her husband, big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton. “We’re not talking about that. I’m saying, ‘Hey I’ll lift up my side, and I’ll do it happily,’ and also the expectation would be, or the hope would be, that he comes with the same attitude. Is it a form of service? Absolutely. But I think it’s the place I can express that part of myself and my personality.”

The book also goes into the very personal account of Gabrielle Reece’s relationship with Hamilton, including their separation four years after being married.

Reece said in the end her husband reached out to her to mend the relationship.

“I was a chicken and was like, ‘Oh, this is hard and uncomfortable so I’m out.’ I was uncomfortable with confrontation,” Gabrielle Reece said. “What I learned is that if something is persistently bothering you and you don’t say anything, you build up walls and the person never even has a chance.”

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15 Responses to “Gabrielle Reece: Submission Is A Sign Of Strength In Women”

  1. Nicole Marcellus Green

    Submission has been turned into a dirty word. Submission does not equal doormat. It means being willing to give and take a little. My husband is the final authority in our home, but he does ask for my opinion on matters, we weigh the pros and cons and then if I'm right he does it my way and then if he's right we do it his way. If he is dead set on doing something and still doesn't take my advice (even if I'm right), then the consequences are on him. He has final say. I'll want to say I told you so, but I don't. And I think we have a great marriage and I feel like he treats me with love, honor, and respect.

  2. Anonymous

    She is supportive of her husband, and through logic, provides the environment through which he can support his family. I can think of no greater love between two married people.

  3. Alyssa Cardone

    She doesn't have to suggest the other women join her………….the Bible does that! Anyone who doesn't know that is either not a Christian or only claims to be one and doesn't practice

  4. Carlos A. Cook

    You can definitely take it as a sign of strength for women and submission by them letting my put my dick in their mouth…

  5. David Adler

    Here is the defintion of submission: "The action or fact of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person." What she is talking about is not submission, and she should attempt to use words which actually describe her situation. Submissive in the context of women and marriages, she ought to know, does not have a pleasant history.

  6. David Spencer

    Saw her TV interview, no mention of the Creator God or the Bible, though what she's espousing is Biblical: whether she consciously submitted to this teaching or grew into it through experience and revelation, kudos to her. Men & women are equals in God's sight but with creationally different roles to fufill, which are best expressed when both man & woman submit to God's divine order. The women who take this route are by far the happier, more content, less angry, less frustrated, more fulfilled beings when compared to their more willful sisters; and they become more open to God's blessing and being loved properly by their husbands. Some will object to this statement as being "sexist" or whatever, but funny, it's quite observable and true. (The secret is that she actually has the power in the relationship, but is nonetheless willing to defer to her husband.) I'm sure her husband is grateful for the great catch he's got.

  7. Danielle Shaw

    And I bet you guys are ACTUALLY happy. People see or hear "submission" and they wig out and assume everything is unbalanced and unhappy, whereas it is usually quite the opposite

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