Parchment and Pen has given a brief overview on complementarianism and egalitarianism along with each ones advocates. For those unfamiliar or new to the gender debate this may be a good place to start. Click here for the whole post. Below is an excerpt.
Men and women are different. I would not think that anyone really wants to argue against this statement. I would not think that anyone wants to argue with this statement, but my thinking does not rule the debate. In fact, there are those who would argue against what I believe. Let me back up.
There are some things that women are better at than men.
There are some things that men are better at than women.
These two presuppositions help form my understanding of the great gender debate. I am a complementarian. Really, I am what you might call a soft complementarian. I believe that God has created the sexes uniquely. This uniqueness contributes to individual uniqueness.