Yesterday, I was talking with a close relative of mine who is quite educated in languages, and he must have gotten on the topic of Greek because he said, "You notice the word for wisdom is feminine?" He said it as if people might be surprised. But it is indeed true still today. The Greek word for wisdom is Sophia, and even the bible personifies it as feminine in some parts, which is astounding even if it's a very loose interpretation, considering the apprehensiveness of Abrahamic culture toward women.
I am sure there are some men who would be offended, but I wasn't, nor was I surprised. It wasn't unusual to me in the least. The Deity of wisdom in my religion and culture has always been female (Athena), and I have worshiped Her for the last 10 years. She's been my rock through my many and toughest battles of the mind and body, because besides being the Goddess of wisdom, She is also the Goddess of war, strength, heroism and protection. Whenever I need the wisdom or defense of heaven, She is the one I pray to. I love Her with all of my heart.
But I suppose the larger question might be, why does wisdom sometimes like to carry a feminine title? To me, I would say that it's just the way it is. It's like someone asking me, "Why are the Gods who they are?" The answer is, "Because they are just themselves." But speaking about women in general, I think being a woman carries a profound heritage. Women have always been the doorways of life, and the caretakers and producers of generations. They have also been the ones to see each generation into adulthood and protect them in their most vulnerable stage as children, historically speaking. I think there's a certain enlightenment that comes with the being of female that is unlike any other. Of course, that's not to say that men don't have their own amazing qualities as well. We are creators, the ones who send the flash of life into motion, and role models for the virtues of manhood, to name a few.
But in the end, I don't know why any man would be offended. Women are awesome.
In the Praise and Delight of Athena,