I seem to be type-cast as an agent provocateur so let me continue in that role on this topic.
I have never read or heard a sound theological argument as to why women cannot be ordained to the Priesthood. I have heard pseudo-scriptural arguments, quasi-biological arguments, arguments from Tradition, arguments based in culture, hysterically misogynist arguments....never a serious argument founded in Orthodox theology.
I accept the Tradition of the Orthodox Church that women cannot be ordained, but I would very much like to see a sound theological argument in support of that Tradition. This would be very useful when talking with exceptionally well-educated Orthodox (not to mention Roman Catholic and Anglican) women.
The argument from Genesis is truly embarrassing. It was used in the 19th century to oppose pain relief in childbirth (not to mention to support slavery and racism towards those condemned to be ?hewers of wood and drawers of water?).
There is a potent and (to me, at least) offensive misogyny in much of Orthodoxy ? no less than that found in the lunatic extremes of fundamentalist Protestantism, the dubious fringes of Anglo-Catholicism or the rabid clericalism of Roman Catholicism.
That something is ?Traditional? may or not mean it is right. Slavery was traditional, and, indeed, is entirely justifiable from Scripture. My local schismatic Greek Orthodox Church proves (?) its traditionalist credentials by refusing to allow electric light, since that was not (obviously!) traditional.
I would welcome comments!