The difference of "male" and "female" is specific to creation. God being the creator not the creation would best be understood from our human perspective as being either neither male/female or the totality of both. There are passages in the bible (if that is the God u are referring to) that refers to God in feminine terms of metaphor not only as male. Interesting question! ;)
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God has no gender. God is neither male nor female - the assignment of gender is inappropriate as the essence of gender is procreation through sex. God does not have sex, and God - who is One - would not have anyone or anything to copulate with anyway. God has no children, except in a metaphorical sense. The Bible was written with a default gender (which in Hebrew is male) only because Hebrew has no neutral gender, and anything must be either male or female. In Hebrew a chair is male, but a couch is female. An apple is male but a banana is female. God has no gender, but Hebrew assigned to God the default male gender.
It is probably not accurate to view God as a woman, though the Bible does show God's feminine side. But, for the most part, God has chosen to reveal Himself in the Bible as having a male personage. The Bible is inspired of God (2Timothy 3:16), and in it God is always referred to as a "Him" or a "He." So God wanted people to understand Him as a "Him" and a "He." Of course, God is so far beyond us, that He is certainly not a man or a woman. Though we are made in His image, and reflect some of who God is, we as humans certainly don't represent all that God is. Even if an artist were to paint a self-portrait, the artist himself is far more than his art.What is remarkable is that God has condescended to reveal himself to us. God became a man, in the person of Jesus Christ and desires to draw us into a relationship with him, which he made possible.
God is neither male nor female. God has both masculine and feminine qualities. If a deity were either female or male, then the deity would no longer be substantially different than humans and would not be worthy of worship, like most gods.
In the bible I believe it is in 1 Corinthians that it talks about the man being the head of the woman so is God the head of the church. It talks about that a woman is never to be in authority over the man.
As a pure spirit, God does not possess the physical traits of gender; He is neither male nor female (Catechism 370). However, God has revealed Himself as "Father." Throughout the gospels, Jesus speaks of His Father in heaven - for example, "All things have been given to me by my Father" (Mt 11:27). Throughout the Bible, we find masculine pronouns used for Gd (He, Him, His) because they may help communicate the relationship that exists between God the Father and us, "who are under his loving protection" (Catechism 238). By calling God "Father," though, we are not implying that men are somehow superior to women. In the Bible, God's paternal tenderness is sometimes expressed by the "image" of motherhood: "As a mother comforts her son, so I will comfort you" (Is 66:13). However, this verse (along with other similar passages) describes qualities of God that can be likened to those of a human mother; nowhere in the Bible, though, is God referred to as "Mother." Therefore, calling God "Mother" or "She" is inappropriate and contrary to the clear teaching of both Catholic Tradition and Sacred Scripture. (My answer continues in the comments)
God has no actual gender. God created a man first and put him in charge so God is seen as male since He made males dominant. He also chose a male form when He came to earth as a human. He is a being of power with no gender, however. He coukd concievably choose to apoear in female firm if He wished. The Shack is a wierdly awesome book in which the author depicted God as a black woman. Lots of upset from the traditiinalists over THAT one. But its an awesome book.