(Proverbs 15:20 KJV) A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.
There are days when a verse catches my attention while reading the chapter and it ends up being the same one that I would have picked next by method. I enjoy those days. This is a verse that is designed to show how we should please our parents but something else hit me. It also is one of the numerous places where the Bible points out the fact that we are not supposed to live in a male-only world. Both parents are mentioned. The approach is different but the result is the same.
The Bible sets up order in the family. In that order there is no loss of importance, just different roles and duties. In Israel women had much more freedom than they did in surrounding cultures. It is an attitude that we also find in the New Testament. Christians were at the front of movements like education for women and giving women the right to vote.
So? Read the Bible and take what it says as the final answer. Don’t rely on the pastor, the politician or the blogger.