You notice what you’re paying attention to, which should go without saying except that some people don’t notice that this is what happens, so they call it synchronicity. At any rate, since we’ve been reading Full Frontal Feminism, I’ve noticed a lot of articles about feminism and religion on blogs I read. Here’s a bit from Pandagon called “Feminism helps collapse religion“:
Women are the mainstay of churches, the support system, and they have to buy into the B.S. in order to run the picnics and the bake sales and the anti-choice protests. But what happens when women have other options for fulfillment other than contributing unpaid, underthanked labor to religious organizations? They apparently start dropping out and those religions lose their power.
This post links to an article about women in Canadian churches. Apparently Christianity in Canada may be dying, or at least heading toward “history’s sunset.” The whole article is interesting, but you have to scroll down to the bottom part of the story to find the bits on how women may be affecting this change:
Women â€” the traditional mainstays of institutional religion â€” in huge numbers abruptly rejected the church’s patriarchal exemplar of them as chaste, submissive “angels in the house” with all of the social and moral responsibility for community and family but none of the authority.
Unable to find acceptable religious role models or religious ideals that were not painful or oppressive, they reconstructed their identities as secular and sexual beings.
Now that’s a trend I can like. Skepchicks of the world, unite! Southward ho!