Yes, i can see your point. And though those have very common themes, they should still be taken in the context they were written.
Not to contradict Julia Mae, but I think there is always eternal knowledge within all scripture. What I find these kind of verses conveying, is order. An order of respect due to our creation in God 's family. Paul, who wrote the majority of these, tries to teach us to work, live and love each other in a selfless and serving way. We are created in God’s image because we have a natural family which has fatherhood, (motherhood), children and a loving relationship between them. But most importantly a soul that makes us infinitely greater than just an animal. God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. His Son came from Himself. And God’s Son is man. I think Jesus was before us, so we are actually created like Him.
As for women being “below” man, you are right that they are not “less” significant or noble. Neither are they less of a child of God. But I think if you honestly look with your heart at what the roles of men and women should be, in God’s eyes, you will find these scriptures to be enlightening. Remember, men are obligated to love and serve their wives in a specific way because they are (in ways) weaker, and designed to be subordinate. Men are held more responsible in these areas, which is not always so great!
Likewise, the structure in the Church has possitions and roles that have different duties. Bishops and Popes are to be held in esteem because of their position. It certainly doesnt mean they are automatically more special to God. But they have an office which is able to reach out in a greater way to people. They are thus, held to a higher more strict judgement.
Men, by nature will be held to a more strict judgement than women, but only when we are living out our roles in the correct way. Some women are unruly and overly head strong in their relationship. This is disfunction and results in conflict. Some men are lawless and lack conviction. This builds weak structure in the family.
God is neither male or female, but He is masuline, so it is only possible for Him to be a man in His human form. But we are all feminine in our relation to God the Father. That should be all of our focus, and our relation to our fellow brothers and sisters will be natural.