Before you curse and cringe, first things first: I don’t subscribe to this infamous saying 114 found in the non-canonical coptic gospel of thomas. It might not be surprising that this misogynist and androcentric notion was not exclusive to this most famous tractate of the nag hammadi library. It was in fact shared by ancient philosophers, scholars of religion, natural scientists and even medical doctors.
For them living creatures is on a kind of continuum and would have it that woman is in fact an imperfect man! Hence, even now, there are those who deemed they are the weaker sex. But then again, with the progress made but women (they now dominate the blogosphere, in case you failed to discern) in most facets of life, there remain maybe only a trickle.
And lest you forget Mary Magdalene (not really the prostitute as some traditions suggest) played a pivotal role in western civilization by arguably being the “first christian” (she’s the first to know and proclaimed the resurrection and not those macho disciples who scurried after smelling trouble) .
If they are part the “imperfect world” then I don’t want it to be perfect. It’s outrightly inconceivable living a life without them.