Two North Dakota Representatives have some pretty outdated ideas for how women should be spending their Sunday mornings.
In their defense of North Dakota’s “Blue Laws” ― which require some businesses to open late on Sunday mornings and some businesses to stay closed altogether ― Representatives Bernie Satrom and Vernon Laning seemed 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 don’t know about you, but my wife has no problem spending everything I earn in 6 and a half days,” he said. “And I don’t think it hurts at all to have a half day off.”
“It’s hurtful, to know that that’s the reasoning that they’re using,” one young woman told Valley News Live. Another woman said that it’s frustrating to have representatives whose “backwards” views are so different from her own. “It’s frustrating personally because when you know those are the people representing you,” she told Valley News. “And you don’t feel like you’re being represented and those kind of backwards ways of thinking are still present, it’s really, it’s 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.