I think that if the woman hasn't married a bum, or worse, and she herself is not a self centered feminist, that this commandment can be carried out exactly as it stands with completely mutual respect. I think this is true of all lasting marriages.
I say this today on the 35th anniversary of my wedding.
The woman, according to the Bible, was sent as a helper for man, I would add, to complete him. And if done right, the marriage is like a seamless garment, with no hint that 'submission' is an odious chore, but rather a whole cloth.
They do like to moan and make jokes about that passage on 'nudge sunday' though. "Nudge', because the husband and wife poke each other in the ribs when they hear it.
Happy Anniversary Arguss, and my congratulations to your wife as well. I had to grab the wine and have a toast for the both of you. 35 years is quite a bit over the national average right now, I think.
Unrelated- Can someone tell me how to use italics on here. Do you just type the HTML code in before you type or is there some type of formatting button on here that I am missing?