It seems as though a lot of people do see male and female a deep mythic structure, rather than a somewhat blurry aspect of biology.
I was reminded of this because of a difficulty in therapy last week. My therapist (who generally does a good job with me) was telling me that expansion and creativity is male, and choosing what to do and what not to do out of all those possibilities is female. This kind of thing drives me crazy because it seems like nonsense. The "that's nonsense!" reflex kicks at least as fast as a feeling I'm being told that creativity is somewhat out of character for me. My therapist said this isn't about individuals, but I just don't have the mental flexibility to believe that.
I don't believe I'd be saner, happier, or more capable if I could see gender as metaphysically important.
I'm hoping he has the mental flexibility to switch to just talking about complementary traits (like seeing possibilities and selecting among them) without bringing in gender.
So, what's your take on male, female, and the universe? Have you ever changed your mind about the metaphysics (if any) of male and female? Do you see any difference between people who believe that male and female go beyond immediate biology and those who don't?
And as a bonus, where do you think male and female fit into Taoism? I think they're epiphenomena of yin and yang, but I got into a head-banging argument with dcseain about it.
Addendum:: My therapist called back and asked if yin and yang would be ok. I said yes, or complementary qualities. After some other stuff, he said he might have had an off day. I agreed with him. I'm not posting the rest of the conversation, but things will probably be ok.