Male and female fairy wrens, from hereThe verse reads:
So God created man in his own image,The point of course, is that God created them in his own image and he also created them male and female. The point is not that male and female make up different aspects of God's image, but that BOTH male and female bear God's image equally.
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
In fact the male and female is not what makes us "in God's image" at all, but in actual fact gives us something in common with the animals. Hence the Hebrew, zachar unekevah (זָכָר וְּנְקֵבָה), are the same words that you would use to refer to male and female animals. And this is why, for Christians, sex, although a good gift from God, has nothing to do with being more or less close to God because eternal life does not involve marriage or procreation (Mark 12:25). Being male and female is a consequence of the need to go forth and multiply, not of being made in God's image. Consequently those who are single/celibate are no less bearers of the image of God than those who are married. Finally it needs to be pointed out that if God were both male an female he would be an hermaphrodite. No offence to hermaphrodites, but God has no body so for him/her to have any sexual organs, let alone both sets, is not possible. God only gets called "him" or "her" because English has no gender neutral personal pronoun, which is pretty inconvenient, just ask an hermaphrodite.