"What can housewives offer their husbands as intelligent human beings, apart from cleaning their homes and raising their children?"
This question was a part of another comment I didn't publish; however, instead of ignoring it, I decided to phrase it in a more civilized and less aggressive way, and refer to it in a separate post, since I think it's important.
First, let me say that I don't think home management and child-rearing are inferior tasks that can be swept aside and ignored when a woman's contribution is discussed. On the contrary, this is noble and important work that has been a woman's 'career' for many centuries, and no one dared to call women 'parasites' because they 'only' managed the home and family. It was clear that a woman's presence at home has great benefits for the family.
Allow me to express my puzzlement about the thought homemakers have the intellect of a guinea pig. I've heard this many times, and this argument is based on the feeble 'logic' that if a woman doesn't pursue a career, this means she is incapable of doing that, and therefore she must be unintelligent. This opinion lacks solid ground. If a woman chooses not to pursue college education or career, this doesn't mean she can't. I wrote poetry, read classic literature, spoke 4 languages and could discuss the different periods of Goya's painting long before I went to college. Now I'm about to graduate, but I don't think college made me one bit more accomplished as an intelligent human being.
Women were created to be their husband's helpmeets. Read again: not mindless slaves or brainless doormats, but helpmeets. Can a woman be a true helpmeet if she doesn't understand what's on her husband's mind, can't have an intelligent conversation with him, is incapable of discussing important decisions and doesn't know even a bit about his ventures at work? Can a woman teach her children if her brain is never stimulated by anything new and is as dull and dry as the Sahara? I don't think so! How can a woman help her husband and educate the next generation if she's so intellectually inferior?
When you're on a long and difficult journey – and life is definitely such a journey –would you rather have a slave who obeys every word you say, but has no intelligent input of his own; or an assistant who doesn't simply submit to your authority, but is ready to give counsel, support and encouragement?
Don't doubt God's wisdom. He gave Adam a helpmeet and not a slave because he knew Adam needs a shoulder-to-shoulder partner, not someone with banana mush instead of brain.
We helpmeets aren't stupid – it just doesn't fit with our God-given role.