The notion that men and women are “complimentary” is used to keep women out of the pulpit and from holding other positions of authority in some Christian denominations.
Justification for the concept of complimentarianism is power. It’s purpose is to keep women from having equality.
To hear some tell the story, restricting women from the pulpit is not about treating them as less than equal, it’s about putting them in a role that is equal, but more fitting to the talents the god gave them. They are not meant to be priests/preachers.
Now, in common sense language, this would just be called discrimination. But, this is theology. In theology, there is a need to take simple ideas and give them long titles. We need to do that here. The longer and more obscure the handle, the most importance it and the person using the term has.
The link comes up with a good one, hierarchical complimentarianism. It means complimentarianism is assigned to the flock by the church hierarchy.
I wonder if there has ever been a study done by those branches of Christianity who discriminatie against women to determine if women are really unfit for clergy positions. That is, there are hundreds of women serving as clergy in other denominations. Do they do as good a job as men, or not?
If they do, it would be simple for the current demoninations practicing hierarchical complimentarianism to simply pray and hear back from the Almighty, “You are wrong. Change now.”