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Submission Isn't As Hot As Equality In Relationships, Expert Argues (VIDEO)

04/17/2013 09:40 am ET | Updated Apr 17, 2013

The idea of a woman being the breadwinner in a relationship is hardly new: A 2012 study found that the majority of American women are now the primary earners in their households. The topic, though, was reignited last week when pro volleyball star Gabrielle Reece -- and wife of pro-surfer Laird Hamilton -- began promoting her new memoir, My Foot Is Too Big For The Glass Slipper. In the book, Reece argues that adopting a more traditional role in her marriage had saved her relationship. "To truly be feminine means being soft, receptive, and –- look out, here it comes –- submissive,” she writes.

Unsurprisingly, her words have been highly controversial. On Tuesday, Dr. Suzanne Doyle-Morris, author of Female BreadWinners, joined Abby Huntsman on HuffPost Live to discuss whether being the breadwinner in a relationship gives you the upper hand. On Reece's relationship dynamic, Dr. Doyle-Morris had this to say: "Something like Gabby's comment comes up every few years, and it grabs media attention but actually it dies away simply because that's not the reality of most couples. It's not what they do and it's not what most modern couples want." Doyle-Morris argued that relationships are actually hotter when the partners feel and behave like equals.

Check out the video above or the full segment at HuffPost Live, and let us know your thoughts on the Gabrielle Reece controversy and on just what being the breadwinner in a relationship means.

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