Is Christianity Misogynist?
The Failure of Women's
Liberation in the Church
The oppression of women is undoubtedly the oldest form of oppression in human history. From the dawn of history the physical lightness of the woman's body (which has nothing to do with biological inferiority) and the fact that the woman is the childbearer have been used to subordinate the woman to the man in a chattel status and to deprive women of the leadership possibilities and the cultural development of the dominant group. The oppression of women can be seen as falling into two distinct cultural stages, corresponding to tribal societies and classical civilizations, while the liberation of women awaits the flowering of that modern civilization which has overcome the dichotomized reality principle of classical cultures. Religions have played a key role in both stages, since it was religion that formulated the world view and prescribed the rituals which inculcated that world view at each stage of consciousness.
The tribal period is one which must be studied much more carefully relative to the oppression of women. There was a time when the tribal period was seen as a time of female dominance, of "matriarchy," while the oppression of women