- Women are property: King Xerxes believes he has the right to parade his wife before the diners at an all-male feast that he has organised.
- Male authority must be preserved: when Queen Vashti disobeys the King, who wants her to display her beauty before his male guests, this is seen as an attack on male authority in every sphere.
- The Queen is deposed (and probably done away with) to ensure that the tradition of male superiority is not damaged, and that wives are reminded that they must obey their husbands.
- Women are no more than animals: the search for a new queen to replace Vashti is conducted with as much humanity as might have gone into selecting a new mare for the King's stables. Character, intellect and wisdom count for nothing, only the physical matters.
- What the King wants is a beautiful virgin. The whole search is conducted like a beauty contest; even down to the contestants having to spend a year in a beauty parlour first.
- The chosen women then each have to spend a night with the King, to see if he enjoys them.
- Women's wishes are secondary: nor are the wishes of the women given any respect - taking part in the selection process is compulsory for the women concerned.
- Women are unimportant: even as Queen it's clear that Esther lives entirely on the King's terms.
- She goes to him when he calls her - but if she goes uninvited, he can have her put to death.
- The King ignores her needs: he doesn't want her all that often, perhaps once a month; her own needs are unconsidered.
- On a political level women are downgraded since at the end of the Book of Esther, the author ignores the Queen's achievements, and concentrates on praising Xerxes and Mordecai."
6. The BBC article concludes :
So to conclude don't always rely on the BBC for the 'full facts' and a non biased interpretation of religion.