He chose his victim carefully. Not the one who got the orders directly, but the one who got them secondhand. Not the one who knows exactly what he should not do, but the one who has a vague idea. He reasons with this naive being and tells her that good things will happen if she takes a bite of what is on offer. The serpent touches the fruit. That fruit, the one of which she said “if we touch it, we die.” He does not die.
“See, Adam-woman?* You thought touching this will kill you! It does not. This is good.”
And the Adam-man stand beside the Adam-woman the whole time. He is not fooled. He knows the message was not “touch it and you will die.” He knows, unlike her, that touching it proves nothing. He does not try, from his superior knowledge, to stop her. Instead, he watches as she does wrong. She finds it good, and from the kindness of her heart offers what she finds good to him.
The female Adam shared what she found good. The male Adam did not share what he knew to be good – the understanding about the tree and its fruit.
The undeceived Adam-man eat, knowing full well that God really said they should not eat of it.
And God comes in and offer bad news: She made the mistake of turning from God, desire the serpent’s offer, and suffered harm from this, and this will happen again. She will turn from God, desire Adam, and suffer from the rulership Adam will usurp in his sinfulness.
He chose his victim carefully. Not the one who is steadfast and will refuse to disobey God, but the one who does not care. He looks for a moment when the steadfast partner is not with her. In the conversation with this Adam-woman, she starts out by twisting God’s words. “God said we should not touch it or eat it”, she said, knowing full well God only wanted her not to eat of it.
Reasoning with this being, already so willing to believe wrong, is easy. She offers resistence, but her resistence is a mere token. He quickly convinces her to try this fruit.
And she searched out the man, the one who would have protected her from the serpent if only she would have listened his advice. He steadfastly tells her that it was wrong to eat the fruit, but the Bible don’t record his steadfast opposition. She keeps on tempting him untill he relents.
God comes in and offer a solution: God will tell the man to rule the women, so she won’t have opportunities to give in to her easily tempted, tempting, nature again.
What you as a Christian believe about this, will influence not just your opinion of women, but also of men.
*It is slightly misleading to call the woman in the garden Eve. God gave both of them the name Adam. (Gen 5:2) Later the male Adam did name her Eve (and apparently took the God-given name for himself) but at the time she was still Adam, as God named her.