My question is, therefore, should we consider the swords as swords possessed by spirits or as spirits possessing a sword?
In my humble opinion, they are just swords, end of the line. Soul Edge is not completely male or female (it had a male form when the sword was not complete, reason why there is Soul Edge (Male) and Soul Edge (Female)).
Soul Calibur is not female, it's just a sword inhabited by a spirit. I agree, the spirit takes the form of Elysium... But why? By chance, that's it. There is no point in any story mode (as far as I remember, source if I'm wrong) where the Soul swords are namely referred to as male and female.
Thus I'm asking my question again:
The votes will be over by August 17th.