I've noticed that many, if not most, of the posters who've come here from the "atheist camps" are men (or maybe it's just the men who are commenting because of the pretty penguin on the front page; not sure). And that got me to thinking about how few women there are who make the leap from God-believer to atheist. I'm not sure what the stats are regarding the makeup of religions worldwide, but I do recall the ratio of men to women in the Jehovah's Witnesses in my area being close to 1:4. And further, those who "went apostate" (left the cult for doctrinal, aka heretical reasons) were more likely to be men than women.
I just did a brief google search and came upon this article with the headline, "For women, but not men, religion may aid mental health." According to a January study in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, "Religious women who stop attending services are three times more likely to experience generalized anxiety and abuse alcohol than women who continue their religious activity."
I don't find this hard to believe. I'm blogged much here about the mindfuck of leaving the Jehovah's Witnesses and the difficult journey into a world without religion. I've seen few women do it, and even fewer come out unscathed. I mean really, look at my blog, you've seen what this process has done to me. I ask you, do you really want society flooded with a bunch of anxiety-ridden women who've given up God and taken up the bottle? Be careful what you wish for methinks.
Am I saying that I don't think women are up for the challenge of living without religion? No, I'm not saying that. What I am saying is that women's minds are hard-wired differently than men's. Thirty years of feminism can't change basic biology. Women, generally speaking, gravitate towards the unknown, as well as community; religion gives them both. Evolution is a slow, painful process. If we're going to have a world without imaginary friends, maybe we're going to have to have some kind of global support group for the loss involved. Humans for Humans perhaps?