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Biology, Roles, and Attitudes

Marta Trzebiatowska and Steve Bruce

in Why are Women more Religious than Men?

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199608102
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744730 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608102.003.0006
Biology, Roles, and Attitudes

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It is not immediately obvious what it is about women that would explain their heightened religiosity: is it the things they do or the sort of people they are? This chapter considers the various activities and roles classed as feminine and may have some connection with religion: giving birth, child-rearing, and caring for the sick and dying. Gender categories as straightforward male and female are extended to more abstract notions of femininity and masculinity here in trying to flesh out the link between feminine orientation and increased religiosity. The aesthetic appeal of certain forms of religion to homosexual men is also discussed in order to consider whether masculinity and femininity should be separated from reproduction and its related social roles.

Keywords: biology; gender; social roles; childbirth; child-rearing; caring; feminine orientation

Chapter.  7292 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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