How do we reconcile statements like the Buddha's advice to Ananda to "guard against the wiles and guiles of woman, that being 'whose intelligence can be held by two fingers and for whom falsehood is like the truth, and truth is like falsehood.'"(Digha, 11, p. 141.), with the accomplishments of and high regard for women like Pajapati, Dhammadinna, Mallika, Khema, Yashodhara and so on?
Horner, in Women Under Primitive Buddhism, suggests the intrusion of the bias of the early codifiers and commentators.
Also, what are we to make of the eight weighty rules?
Is this again the intrusion of the bias of the early codifiers and commentators?
Clearly women were better off under Buddhism than traditional Brahmanism and it may not be appropriate to judge from today's perspective.