I do not agree with Alexandra Petri [“Submitting to stupid questions,” op-ed, Aug. 13] that the question Byron York asked Michele Bachmann in the GOP debate last week was stupid. Ms. Bachmann was asked whether, as president, she would be submissive to her husband. The question was fair not because Ms. Bachmann is a woman but because she acknowledges being a member of, and taking seriously, a religion that requires her to submit to her husband.
I would never want a president who professed an obligation to submit to any other person for whom nobody had voted. I imagine plenty of other voters share that concern, regardless of the reason for submission; the fact that, in Ms. Bachmann’s case, it stems from her religion does not immunize it against scrutiny.
If there were such a thing as a religion that required its male adherents to be submissive to their wives, I would hope the same entirely appropriate question would be asked of any male member of that religion who ran for president. But I have never heard of such a religion. Why not? That is the question that Ms. Petri, and feminists generally, ought to be asking.
Paul Mondor, Washington
Regarding the Aug. 14 Metro article “Steps toward fighting a culture of blame”:
I’m thinking about not calling myself a feminist because of modern-day stunts like the “SlutWalk.” Protesting sexual assault is fine, but one should do it by generating thoughtful ideas or educating oneself regarding cultural change. Parading yourself down Washington’s 15th Street wearing fishnets and calling yourself a slut brings attention to characteristics other than your important message.
Kari Tervo, Beverly Hills, Calif.