Just read some of the comments and want to encourage you to follow them up. There are some excellent points made there about creation and God's original intention. This seems one of the crucial issues and since not a lot is recorded in Genesis about this, we can conclude that much of what is written in books and articles which promote heirarchy is assumed. If we just look at the verses it suggests that God made people in his image and he made two kinds - women and men. Obviously, if it was 2 men or 2 women, then there would be no more people to populate the earth! Also - the words of God after Eve and Adam sinned were recorded as bad things which would be a result of their disobedience, not just a variant on God's original intention.
Sometimes huge issues which divide the Christian church can be reasoned quite simply but when we do that, opponents say we are using human reasoning and not the Word of God. Let's face it - "we all choose our own experts" - and usually those experts which 'back up our pre-conceived ideas'. I'll admit to that!
One factor which concerns me is how different views paint a picture of God's character of love, justice, compassion etc. God has to be fair in all things or not God at all and there are many places where we are told to not show partiality to others because of their financial or physical state. If we approach the bible from the position of God being good and having human's best interests at all times, then we see things in a different light.
That's all for now - would love to read more from our readers.......Liz