Someone asked the question above and I happily answered according to my beliefs, in relation to the Bible, which I call my life manual.
Biblical reference: Genesis Chapters 2 and 3
Yes, Men do have physical strength, power and authority over women (ruling out that in this authority has been abused and is still abused by some).
Men are the head of the family. They have physical God given strength to protect the wife, which is why when a woman is married they have to change their name to the husband’s, thus meaning they are leaving another man (their father) who was their protector and joining with another protector with the same physical God given strength who will carry own the same task of protection. A few natural examples is when a burglar breaks into the house, its the husband who runs to protect his wife and deal with the burglar (though she is there to help if need be).
Power and authority was also given to man by God when he entrusted Adam with maintaining the Garden of Eden, thus giving him the experience (house maintenance, trust worthy, job experience, obedience, and care) to take care of the wife based on natural power and authority from God. So man had it all, he was physically strong, wealthy, in charge, a trusted expert, had power to give orders and make others obey (he named ALL the animals and up to now they still have those names).
God saw that even though man was good and had a successful business, home, it was not good for him to be alone and suggested he needed a HELPER (not that Adam had complained of loneliness, no. So God created Eve. The helper was not there to help someone who was incompetent, no. It was to help because there was much to do in the business that was already successful and flourishing. Therefore Adam would allocate jobs and Eve would be obedient to carry out those duties as a helper (who did not know about the business, or how it had started or who was the Chairman and Partner (God). Guess Adam had to train Eve and explain the rules and regulations, the do’s and don’ts, health and safety etc.
When Adam broke the rule, she was not disobedient to God, she was disobedient to Adam, which is why God had to question Adam (Whom he had given authority, orders (Gen 2 vs. 15-17) and not Eve who had actually broken the rule. By eating the fruit, Adam gave authority to Eve (he listened to someone who was not in-charge, he agreed to break a rule that he himself had adhered to and had informed Eve about. God ordered Adam not to eat, Eve took charge and ordered him to eat. Adam forgot who was in charge of who and listened to Eve.
The story goes on and on, I could preach about it all day. But anyway, the world is all mixed up because today man let the woman have this special power and authority which is supposed to be his, thus it will never work in the woman, because God did not intend it to be hers. As a result it has serious consequences, divorce being number one, followed by mismanagement of the household, The minute a woman takes this extraordinary authority over the husband (they call it equal rights these days) everything goes wrong.
Its up to the man now to exercise this authority by imitating Adam, have a job, a home and maintain them, THEN the woman will come next, on a Man who is already in-charge and has much to offer, food security safety, care and please her physically and mentally, satisfying her, lest she gets bad influence from outside and bring it to infect him as well (Gen 3 vs. 1-6). If a man does not have these, he does not have a foundation, so has nothing concrete to build in life on. When a man gets a woman, she is automatically coming under rules and authority and its everyman’s duty to look after her satisfactorily and ensure that no rules are broken (Eve broke a rule and everything fell apart). A woman is not there to bring in rules, she can bring suggestions and ideas which are supposed to be agreed or disagreed by the man based on the rules and orders that he received from God before eve messed it all up.
SO MAN SHOULD NOT BE AFRAID TO EXERCISE HIS AUHORTIY, IT MAY SOUND TERRIBLE NOWADAYS, BUT IT’S THE RIGHT TRACK OF A SUCCESSFUL RELATIONSHIP AND MARRIAGE. WOMEN LIKE MEN WHO CAN OFFER THEM SECURITY, SAFETY AND ARE INCHARGE. THESE ARE IN-BUILT IN EVERY MAN BY GOD AND YOU JUST NEED TO EXERCISE THEM. UNDERSTAND ALSO THAT THIS POWER AND AUTHORITY IS NOT BEATING AND ABUSING THE WOMAN, IT’S LOVING HER, TAKING CARE OF HER, PROVIDING FOR HER AND DOING ALL IT TAKES TO MAINTAIN THAT ONESOME RELATIONSHIP 100% (Gen 2 vs. 24).
For the woman, no matter how much she earns on her job, no matter how beautiful she weighs herself, no matter how educated she is, this special power and authority in the house is not hers. Once it becomes hers, it’s a foundation that has been broken and everything it holds with also fall. The man is the head of the family. Its God’s way and if we temper with it, we suffer the consequences, and we perish because of lack of knowledge. That’s why if danger comes in the home at the door, it’s not the woman who rushes to the door, it’s automatically the man.