Paleocon posted a pretty good thread on this, unfortunately some immature types trolled the thread and it ended up in the basement. I'd like to resurrect this one on his behalf in hopes that we can have a mature and thoughtful discussion:
"In practically all the great civilizations of the past, it was simply accepted that a wife must obey her husband. Plato and Aristotle wrote on this, and explained how, since the husband is by nature the head of the household, and the wife has freely agreed to marriage, that he has authority over her in matters concerning the marriage. St. Thomas Aquinas also discussed this. Moreover, the Christian faith has made this most clear, that a husband has authority over his wife."