Why are women more religious?

Are women more religious? It seems so, but perhaps they have just learned to give conventional answers to conventional questions. I ruminated elsewhere…

It has been suggested in the past that women are more religious because they depend more on luck for the outcome of their lives, e.g. the real personality of whomever they marry. They are more rewarded for being conventional. They are more punished for speaking up. They are busier with household and childrearing responsibilities. They make less money and cannot buy free time in the form of services such as laundry, take-out food, or housekeeping. They’ve learned to keep their heads down and not volunteer opinions that might be shot down.

For many women, especially in small communities, the church is their social life and their only source of authority or autonomy outside the home. And they are appreciated, at least by the other women in the group. Churches would dry up and blow away without the Women’s Auxiliary.

I think that’s enough to explain the gap. If you want to find the women, look at volunteer positions, clinic defences, etc.


3 Responses to “Why are women more religious?”

  1. Don Hutton Says:

    Yes, the Mormons, for example, have a logistics setup that would be the envy of any army and it’s all run by their Women’s Auxiliaries. Once you’re a member there’s pretty much a universal minimum for food and clothing (Sunday Best suits for the kids!). Outside of that their record on their treatment of women is not good: especially in the nutbar offshoot sects.

    • monado Says:

      The Mormons also have innumerable make-work projects that are meant to keep women without a moment’s peace to think. Not to mention their “ward bishop” system which is basically the same as the Communist Chinese “block captain” system designed to let them control every aspect of your life. Add that teenage sons become priests demanding respect from their own mothers and you have a lifelong nightmare of social control.

  2. monado Says:

    I may have got some of the terminology wrong: maybe sons become bishops, too or “ward bishops” are called something else, but the structure is there.

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