A centuries-old contrived chauvinistic, misogynistic fantasy written by MEN, (and I mean MEN, not "mankind"), in order to persuade and convince followers for purposes of fear and control.
Sorry, I know that's not a popular view, and I'm sure I'll catch lots of flak, but, sadly, it is the truth.
How do I know? Well, my husband is a licensed minister, (yes, he went to an actual seminary, it's not a 'pay a fee and get a license online with no study' license), and this is what he learned in his studies.
His lessons there merely backed up the conclusions I had come to on my own years before.