"Until Eve arrived, this was a man's world." -- Richard Armour
Eve has been a controversial figure throughout history. Theologians have argued for centuries over why God created her, what purpose she was to serve, if she was innately inferior, and as of late, if she possesses a what I like to call, "conditional equality," meaning Eve (and therefore all womankind) is equal in worth, but limited in ministry, leadership, and authority.
"The fact that Eve was presented to Adam to help him does make her inferior. One the contrary, God had already said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone," acknowledging that Adam was in an inferior condition without a mate. In the ideal marriage, a wife is a help to her husband and he is a help to her in return. Their need for each other and their deep sense of mutual dependence are what make marriage so satisfying...Marriage is not about who is in control or who serves whom. It is about becoming one."
Adam immediately recognizes his perfect match, whose likeness (different than sameness) allows him to experience intimacy on all levels. She, too, is made in the image of God, fully capable of carrying out the calling God gives to both of them in Genesis 1:26-28. Why would Adam rejoice about being untied as one flesh (which has massive implications) with someone who existed solely to aid him and was less qualified spiritually, mentally, and physically? Doesn't it make more sense to be united with someone with whom you share mutual dependence, intimacy, and capability; as partners who mutually enhance each other's individuality, calling, and full potential? Both "lead" and both "help." These concepts are not mutually exclusive.