The archetype of the philosopher-babe encompasses both wisdom and sexiness, something that people even today have difficulty imagining.
If we make her a virgin mother, we don’t have to glorify feminine sexuality... So as a collective, we go along with the only acceptable Feminine archetype.
There is a significant yet suspicious duality in the representation of two competing female archetypes of goddesses: Mary the Mother and Mary Magdalene. This kind of duality is not only artificial, but also undoubtedly a figment of the ascetic mind of old patriarchs afraid of anything fun and ...
I am not an expert in the Gnostic stories but am much more attracted to their approach to spirituality, which is very modern and filled with Energy.
When anything comes up that seems non-scientific, we shut down. Discernment is key, but not everything from the spiritual world is complete nonsense.
Southern Christianity does not abide women having ideas, never mind visions. She read voraciously of all things spiritual.