once heard a young man tell his mother, "You can't teach me anymore;
I've been baptized!" Later on, in
a men's meeting, I asked about it, and the others there confirmed this
belief: Once a boy has been
baptized, his mother (or any other female) can no longer exercise authority over
him, since God considers the boy to now be a man.
Part of their reasoning comes from Paul's admonition to Timothy:
I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet. (1 Tim 2:12) NASU
Yet there's nothing in scripture that says a boy suddenly turns into a man at baptism. In fact, the bible teaches that children (no age mentioned) are to honor their father and mother. That would include any advice forthcoming from those parents. Whether or not they heed that advice is another story. The point is, with certain exceptions, parents have authority over their progeny.
I asked these guys in the men's meeting, "So what happens when a young girl gets baptized? Is she all of a sudden a 'woman'?" They didn't offer anything useful in response.
The point is, certain churches have entrenched male chauvinism in their camps, where women are considered only fit for cooking up the church potlucks and cleaning the church building. This is unfortunate, and contradicts the New Testament's teaching that there are no longer gender differences in the church. (Gal. 3:28) This doesn't mean women can preach to or teach men. We all have our roles in the kingdom, and no one should seek to usurp another's authority. (1 Cor 11:10)