Leviticus 12:1-5 "If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days...But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks..."
It would appear that the act of having a baby is a highly polluting act. To give birth to a girl is twice as polluting as is giving birth to a boy. And also..
Deuteronomy 24:1 "When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house."
Divorce can only be initiated by man and not woman? She has no say at all?
And Deuteronomy 21:10-13 describes how a soldier can force a woman captive to marry him without regard for her wishes.
These were only a few verses of many that I read and I know the role of men and women in the Bible but when I was reading, specifically the OT, some the things I read just are extremely niave and prejudice for no reason at all. I mean a baby boy is cleaner than a baby girl? Many of these laws seem to only see the perspective of the man.
Someone please shed some light on this for me.