This was an enjoyable read, Gina. You gave a great analysis of the text, its meaning within the narrative, and its implications for male/female gender relations and roles. I’ve understood these implications at least in an abstract sense, but your analysis has helped me to see them in more concrete ways.
I am wondering what you think of the “social constructionist” perspective on gender in our culture. Specifically as it pertains to constructionist explanations of male dominance, oppressive patriarchy, and the notion that gender is “fluid” as opposed to created male or female. My own view is that this perspective forces upon us a “de-gendering” of humanity (just removing gender differences entirely and neutering the sexes as “equal”) rather than a restoring or healing of gender towards true complimentarity.