In the Dance of the Dissident Daughter Discussion something came up that I thought deserved its own discussion. A couple of people mentioned feeling that using the feminine metaphors and names for God would be insulting to God. They mentioned that this was something they had to work through and examine. It struck me though to see it as insulting. I know that many here are not (yet) comfortable with feminine language for God and we don't need to discuss that right now (unless people want to...) , but I wanted to explore why it might be "insulting" to God. (and I don't mean to limit this to or put on the spot the women who mentioned this already, this is for all of us - men and women).
Are we ashamed of being female? Is being female inferior to being male or feel that way? Why is being labeled with feminine terms such an insult (he ___ like a girl???) (God our mother???)? Did your parents wish you were male (or rejoice that you were)? Did you do that with your children?
Why do we think these ways and what can be done to change it?
Labels: Gender Issues