Researchers explore religious gender gap

Religion plays a large role in peoples daily lives in influencing lifestyle and even work. The article touches on the phenomenon of where women seem to be more religions than men in all religions. Research has shown that there are about 100 million more religiously affiliated women on the planet than men. Some argue that it is a biological aspect of humans, others say its a product of social and cultural factors and some say its a factor of both.

Some researches have argued that biology has played an important role in religious gender gap in that higher levels of testosterone in men leads to more risk orientated behavior. This leads to a willingness to gamble out on the afterlife. the other side of the biological argument is that women with more “feminine” traits such as being affectionate, sympathetic compassionate are morel likely to be religious.

Another argument is that the environment that women are in can change how religious they are. Women who work outside the home have similar beliefs to men compared to women who work at home. However it could be the other way around in that religious women could be more likely to stay home because of religion.


3 thoughts on “Researchers explore religious gender gap”

  1. While reading this, I tried to think of the ways in which female identified persons are socialized to be more religious. What comes to mind is that religion can be perceived as a guide through life, with values that teach us how to perceive, understand and behave in the world. Many religions have spiritual aspects that can be intimate and more personal. I think this article does touch on some aspects of how religion is a space in which women can socialize, create their own identity and connect with members in the community outside of the domestic space. However, religion also tends to be a space in which masculinity takes power and femininity is controlled.

    I think it is also interesting to see that the article takes a closer look at the Christian religion. I wonder if the study itself has any biased perspectives or understandings of the Christian privilege. It would be interesting to see how that may have affected the research.


  2. My mother is an Episcopal priest and growing up everyone in my family went to church every Sunday. Over time however, my brother has “lost his faith”. I chose to go to a religious high school, when he did not. He also only goes to church when he has to. I agree with what this article is say and I find it interesting that in some religions woman can not get jobs in their religions. A few religions take away woman rights. It would be interesting to see how this is projected to change in the future especially if humans become more nondenominational or if the number of amethysts increases.


  3. I enjoyed reading this blog post. I grew up within a muslim household, although my parents were not as religious compared to my friends parents, they still kept Islam present in our life. I went to the mosque on the weekends and recited the Quran. However, I believe the environment a women is in does affect how religious she can be. For example, women in Saudi Arabia and Iran have strict laws directed towards the hijab and driving. It was interesting that the article used Christianity to talk about femininity and gender roles.


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