Volleyball Star Gabrielle Reece Shows 'Submissive' Side in Memoir

Athlete stirs controversy with blunt advice on how to maintain a successful marriage.
1:41 | 04/13/13

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Transcript for Volleyball Star Gabrielle Reece Shows 'Submissive' Side in Memoir
Silence. Are you in good hands? And model offered her own secrets to her own successful marriage saying she is submissive. As you can imagine many are weighing in including the athlete herself defending her words. Reporter: In volley ball she was a ruthless competitor with a rock hard body. Gabrielle reece embodies female in her new book she says there's one area of her life where she chooses to show her softer side, in her marriage to superstar super surfer laird hamilton. It means being soft, feminine and submissive. The 43-year-old mother of three told nbc -- in house I have chosen the role of service which means dinner and laundry and organizing his schedule as well as my schedule. Reporter: Her more traditional view of marriage now causing a firestorm of debate online. Be a submissive woman to keep a husband? One word, no. Thanuch for putting women's liberati60 years. Take off your apron and get out OF THE '50s. Even as some are supportive. I totally agree. Men like to feel they are the lion. Are submissive their husbands become caring. Her views on marriage were formed after hers nearly collapsed four years after her 1997 fairytale wedding. She's now responding to the uproar with a tweet saying she wants to be clear when she says submissive she's talking about in the home, not the workplace. I suspect there are a few

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