Work in progress post. The gnostic beliefs seem to be that there was one God, beyond gender, but that from his very first emanations the Aeons were created in male/female pairs. I think this might be due to the standard conflation of male and female as active or generative and passive or receptive. It’s my belief, right now, that actual femininity didn’t exist until Sophia. That the Aeons above her existed in balance between each other because they were paired active/passive and so no contention existed.