As a woman I am deeply offended and insulted by the way the Bible disrespects women. From the extreme bias that allows women and girls to be sold as sex slaves, to denying women equal human rights with men, the Bible is filled with offensive and disgusting behavior aimed at women. When one stops and thinks about it, does it not seem extremely suspicious that the doctrines of the Christian faith are all biased in favor of men … especially in regards to the books of the Bible which were written solely by men, and the male god the Bible portrays? Passage after passage, book after book, women are subjected to all manner of disrespect and dishonor at hands of men, all directed by the god portrayed within its pages.
I think what lies at the heart of the patriarchal mindset which stretches back through history, is a basic disrespect of women. As long as men feel it is their right to control women and use them for their own needs and desires, a woman’s worth will be set by men and consequently undervalued. The Bible is not alone in its ill treatment and disrespect of women; the Quran shares the stage equally, but I’ll stick to the Bible for now since I am much more familiar with its biased ways. One reason that many women fail to recognize just how much offensive language is present in the Bible is because they’ve been taught otherwise by the church. Women’s needs are never addressed in the Bible, only the needs of men to acquire wives to bear them children and carry on their name.
Human rights are a fundamental aspect of respect, neither of which is afforded women in biblical doctrines. You cannot say on one hand that women are given a place of honor in the Christian faith, while on the other hand deny them equality with men and keep them in subjugation. As a fully aware person I know what it feels like to be dishonored and disrespected, and that is exactly how a good portion of the Bible treats women. It makes me angry that the Bible teaches men to think that it is their place to rule over women and gives them the authority to make up doctrines that keep women from reaching their full potential. The right of every human being, male or female is to have control over their own bodies and their own destiny. Just because a person is born male does not give them privileges that are denied females, as the Bible decrees. Just because primitive men constructed a deity that they labeled as male and endowed him with attributes and powers, which are supposedly given to men to rule over women, does not make it so!
Respect and honor should be given to all people, and any doctrine that teaches otherwise should be labeled as false. It is your right to discard that which goes against what you know to be just, even if others say it is from god, because no true god would act in ways which are biased and immoral. Next time you pick up your Bible to read it, take notice of the manner in which women are treated compared to men and how nowhere within its pages are the atrocities and inequalities committed against women ever condemned … even by Jesus!
Here is a link and the re-posting of an article from the Examiner written 2011.
Disrespect of women common in Bible, despite the thoughts of others.
C. Boyd Pfeiffer
“Some have questioned the previous column on the de facto slavery of women in the Bible. Religionists have suggested that women are respected, thought well of and revered throughout the Bible. Yeah, right!
For a few examples, let’s start with Genesis, where Adam and Eve were made, with Adam made first – naturally! – and Eve an afterthought by God. Then we have their kids of Cain, Abel and Seth. Later on they had more sons and daughters, with none of the daughters named or numbered.
Then Adam and Eve’s children had kids, with only the male heirs named, never the women named or numbered. Are we starting to see a trend here? Ultimately we get to Noah with his sons Shem, Ham and Japheth named but no one else in the family named – no daughters or wife named.
By chapter 11 in Genesis, we get to Abram (later Abraham and his named wife Sarai (later Sarah). But of course Sarah was his half sister, and marriage to her was prohibited by edict from God (check out Leviticus and elsewhere).
And of course on two occasions (with the Pharaoh and Abimelech, king of Gerar) Abraham pimped out his wife by claiming that she was his sister instead of his wife. Nice guy, Nice treatment of women.
After Sarah died, Abraham married Keturah and had many sons with her (all named) and later on gave his many sons some of his concubines – kept women – again de facto slaves. And this is just in the first few pages of the Bible, that Inerrant word of God.
The Bible just reeks of disrespect, hatred, lack of loyalty, lack of care, ownership, dominance over, and condemnation of women in all sorts of ways. Women were enslaved, given away, knocked up, sold, burned to death, bartered with, and treated as property right through the entire Bible.
This continues up through Jesus and the New Testament where Jesus dismisses his mother (and brothers) for bothering him during preaching sessions, as described in Matthew 12:46 – 50, Mark 3:31 – 35 and Luke 8:19 – 21. Go ahead – don’t believe me – check it out.
Exodus 21:7 describes how a man can sell his daughter as a slave. Sure, modern translations use the word “servant”, but servants are hired and paid, not bought and sold. Thus, these are instructions for selling your daughter into slavery, an even stricter type of slavery than that for men.”
Even baby females are disrespected. Check out Leviticus 12:2 – 5. This section points out that a woman giving birth to a male is considered unclean for seven days, then is purified after 33 days. With a female birth, the woman is unclean for 14 days, and then purified only after 66 days. Thus, female babies are looked upon as “dirtier” or more unclean or less pure and valuable than baby boys.
Is it any wonder that serious skeptics point out these things and disrespect the Bible because of the disrespect that the Bible shows to half of our citizens?”