Misogynistic: reflecting or exhibiting hatred, dislike, mistrust, or mistreatment of women.
I can literally quote and name so many instances in the bible where women are blamed for all sorts of calamities, treated like they are worth nothing, etc. But before any theist reads this and starts crying about how women in the bible have been used from time to time for blessings etc. I want you to know that I am aware of it. But I feel that women generally get the short end of the stick in the bible.
Adam blamed Eve for tempting him to eat of the fruit that God commanded them not to.
12"The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Genesis 3:12 Just like a coward who would not take responsibility for his part he points the finger at Eve. He could have scolded her and simply said no!
God cursed Eve for tempting Adam part of that curse was to give man rule over his wife.
16To the woman he said,“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;with painful labor you will give birth to children.Your desire will be for your husband,and he will rule over you.” Genesis 3:16
The author of 1 Timothy uses the story of the fall as a reference to why women should be subject to men.
11A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 13For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety. 1 Timothy 2:11-15
When Abram made his way to Egypt he instructed his wife Sarai to tell the Pharaoh that she was his sister and not his wife. Abram feared that because his wife was so beautiful that Pharaoh would kill him and take her from him. Where is the confidence in the promises of God? God had promised him a bunch of good things at the beginning of the chapter. But in the end Sarai was blamed for Abram's ruse.
And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 16He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels. 17But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. Genesis 12:16-17
Often in the Old Testament women are blamed for all sorts of evil. In fact they are considered 2nd class citizens in the scriptures and are considered property of the man. It was a woman named Delilah who was used to tempt Samson into giving up the secret to his strength which led to his death. It was a woman behind the beheading of John the Baptist.
Here are some more verses from the N.T. about how women were meant to be subject to their husbands. The old barefoot and pregnant attitudes of misogynistic men may stem from some of these texts.
Even the early church fathers held this same position regarding women.
St. Clement of Alexandria (2nd Century, Greek Father of the Church) : "Every woman should be filled with shame by the thought that she is a woman...the consciousness of their own nature must evoke feelings of shame"
Tertullian (2nd Century, African Father of the Church) : Women are "the devil's gateway."
St. John Chrysostom (4th and 5th Centuries, Bishop of Constantinople) : "It does not profit a man to marry. For what is a woman but an enemy of friendship, an inescapable punishment, a necessary evil, a natural temptation, a domestic danger, delectable mischief, a fault in nature, painted with beautiful colors?...The whole of her body is nothing less than phlegm, blood, bile, rheum and the fluid of digested food ... If you consider what is stored up behind those lovely eyes, the angle of the nose, the mouth and the cheeks you will agree that the well-proportioned body is only a whitened sepulchre.
Finally, I'd like to cap it off with one of my favorite Youtubers on this matter. If you are offended by vulgar language you may want to skip the video. Otherwise, enjoy! If you like this video feel free to visit his Youtube page here.
Note: All biblical citations are taken from the New International Version of the scriptures.