Two North Dakota Representatives have some pretty outdated ideas for how women should be spending their Sunday mornings.
In their defense of North Dakotas Blue Laws which require some businesses to open late on Sunday mornings and some businesses to stay closed altogether Representatives Bernie Satrom and Vernon Laningseemed to express that Sunday mornings should be spent time traveling back to the norms of the 1950s rather than running errands.
According to Satrom,women should spend their Sunday mornings bringing their husbands breakfast in bed.
Satrom said that Sundays should be devoted to spending time with your wife, your husband…Making him breakfast, bringing it to him in bed and then after that go take your kids for a walk.
Rep. Laning also chimed in with some sexist commentary.
I dont know about you, but my wife has no problem spending everything I earn in 6 and a half days, he said. And I dont think it hurts at all to have a half day off.
Its hurtful, to know that thats the reasoning that theyre using, one young woman told Valley News Live. Another woman said that its frustrating to have representatives whose backwards views are so different from her own. Its frustrating personally because when you know those are the people representing you, she told Valley News. And you dont feel like youre being represented and those kind of backwards ways of thinking are still present, its really, its upsetting.
Laning told Valley News Live, the news outlet that originally reported on the representatives comments, that people were simply taking the comments too seriously, and that anyone who is upset lacks a sense of humor.