When I first started seminary there was an influx of young, unmarried women preparing for the ministry. Most were wonderful, but some were very angry and every male was target. I have always been supportive of developing a strong biblical understanding of the sexes without forcing the other be something they are not.
Men and women are different. We were created that way. My friend Shawna has a great post about the original Hebrew word often translated "helpmate" in the Creation story. Just for the record, she wasn't one of the angry ones.
Probably because of the focus of her post, she didn't talk about the role of Adam naming Eve following the Fall. Dr. Coleson pointed out that for one person to name the other person was to take power over them. Adam naming Eve was an act of taking power over her following the Fall. It was man's fall into sinfulness that started the marked attempts to lord the power over women.
Let me reiterate. Men and women are equal in purpose, ability, and standing before God. I do not believe we are meant to be the same. Physically we are different. Emotionally and psychologically we are different. We were meant to be different. And, while I believe that a person can be single and in the ministry. I also believe that God most often intends for man and women to complement each other under the marriage covenant.
June 11 will be my 13 year wedding anniversary. Lori and I are very different. But we complement each other. She has gifting that I don't have...like being able to listen before speaking...like being able to be the thoughtful one...the list goes on and on.
Be sure to check out Shawna's post.