Atheism and women
- 1 Recent studies concerning atheism and women
- 2 Atheist PZ Myers' commentary concerning atheist meetings
- 3 2010 New York Times description of atheist meeting attendees
- 4 Beliefnews report concerning atheists' group membership and demographic makeup of meetings
- 5 Prominent general atheist websites appear to receive significantly less traffic from women
- 6 New Atheism websites appear to receive significantly less traffic from women
- 7 Summary
- 8 Atheism and Marriageability
- 9 The claim that atheists tend to be quarrelsome and socially challenged men
- 10 Atheism and rape
- 11 Atheist leaders and immoral relationships
- 12 Elevatorgate
- 13 New Atheism movement and contention between men and women
- 14 Prominent atheists whose wives believe in the existence of God
- 15 See also
- 16 References
Recent studies concerning atheism and women
Surveys by country
In November of 2010, Discover Magazine published survey results published by the World Values Survey which showed significant differences between the percentage of men and women who are atheists for various countries.
United States surveys
A 2008 study by Trinity College found that women are significantly more religious than men in America. In 2007, the Pew Research Center found that American women were more religious than American men.
Atheist PZ Myers' commentary concerning atheist meetings
2010 New York Times description of atheist meeting attendees
See also: Western atheism and race
In October of 2010, an atheists' meeting was organized in the United States concerning the future direction of the atheist movement and 370 people attended. The New York Times described the attendees as "The largely white and male crowd — imagine a Star Trek convention, but older...". 
Beliefnews report concerning atheists' group membership and demographic makeup of meetings
In 2011, Beliefnetnews reported concerning the race and gender of American atheist:
|“|| From the smallest local meetings to the largest conferences, the vast majority of speakers and attendees are almost always white men. Leading figures of the atheist movement - Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett -- are all white men.
But making atheism more diverse is proving to be no easy task.
Surveys suggest most atheists are white men. A recent survey of 4,000 members of the Freedom from Religion Foundation found that 95 percent were white, and men comprised a majority.
Prominent general atheist websites appear to receive significantly less traffic from women
The website run by the organization American Atheist has significantly less women trafficking their website according to Alexa and Quantcast. The Internet Infidels website has significantly less woman trafficking their website according to Alexa and Quantcast. The British Website New Humanist Magazine receives significantly less traffic from women according to Alexa and Quantcast. Atheist Ireland also has significantly less women trafficking their website according to Alexa (there is no web traffic data from Quantcast).
New Atheism websites appear to receive significantly less traffic from women
The four most prominent writers of the New Atheist movement are Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Daniel Dennett. Like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris has his own website. According to the website tracking firms Alexa and Quantcast women frequent the website of Samharris.org and richarddawkins.net significantly less than men.
Atheism and Marriageability
see also: Atheism and marriage
Studies indicate that atheists are a minority in the population. Studies also indicate that people tend to marry people with similar values or who resemble their parents or themselves. In addition, the Bible teaches Christians not to marry a non-Christian (The Bible also teaches a believer to stay married to a non-believer if you are already married). Also, interfaith marriages often have greater marital friction and interfaith marriages historically have had higher rates of divorce. Therefore, it would not be surprising if atheist/theist marriages also have increased marital friction and higher rates of divorce since these two worldviews are so different.
Given that atheism appears to be significantly less appealing to women, atheists are a minority in the population and that people tend to marry people with similar values or who resemble their parents or themselves; this would suggest that male atheists may find it more difficult to find prospective female partners for marriage. And of course, militant atheism might make matters even more difficult.
Atheism and rates of marriage in the United States
Christian apologist Michael Caputo wrote:
|“||Recently the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life has published its mammoth study on Religion in America based on 35,000 interviews... According to the Pew Forum a whopping 37% of atheists never marry as opposed to 19% of the American population, 17% of Protestants and 17% of Catholics.||”|
Atheism, marriage and suicide
See also: Atheism, marriage and suicide
According the website Marriage and Family Encyclopedia:
|“||Marital status has a strong association with rates of completed suicide. Suicide rates are higher in the divorced and widowed than in single people, who in turn have higher suicide rates than married people. This protective effect of marriage on suicide is stronger for men than for women, although it is found for both men and women (Gove 1972).||”|
In 2007, Vox Day wrote:
|“|| It's not just a figment of my imagination, it seems atheists truly are socially autistic by their own report. Asperger's Syndrome is a disorder described as "autistic psychopathy" by its discoverer, Dr. Hans Asperger. Those with the disorder tend to be intelligent, socially awkward and difficult to converse with. They are also likely to be male.
Based on Wired magazine's observation that atheists tend to be quarrelsome, socially challenged men, to say nothing of the unpleasant personalities of leading public atheists such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Michel Onfray, one could reasonably hypothesize that there is likely to be a strong correlation between Asperger's and atheism. It's by no means a scientific test, but it is interesting to note the coincidence that 59 of the virulent atheists over at Dr. PZ Myers place report an average score on the Asperger's Quotient test of 27.8. And this does not include the two individuals who actually have Asperger's but did not report any test results.
The test notes that "Scores over 32 are generally taken to indicate Asperger's Syndrome or high-functioning autism". The average male score is 18, the average female score is 15. By way of comparison, I scored 14...
Obviously, more comprehensive and scientific tests would be advised before any definite conclusion can be reached...
|“||Scienceblogger Chad Orzel described the commentators on PZ Myers ' Scienceblogs.com site Pharyngula, and other Scienceblogs.com commentators, as "screechy monkeys."||”|
Of course, there is no necessity to assert that atheists are more likely to have Asperger's Syndrome. The historical militancy of the atheist/evolutionist community and the ideas their ideologies have often engendered provides more than enough explanatory power to explain the origin of the quarrelsomeness and other social deficiencies of many in the atheists/evolutionist population (see: militant atheism and social effects of the theory of evolution ). In fact, it is arguably the best explanation for the quarrelsomeness and other social deficiencies of many in the atheist/evolutionist community. In addition, ultimately the decision to reject or be reconciled with God is a matter relating to the grace of God and free will and nobody is forced into atheism due to a physical condition.
In February of 2010, the news organization The Telegraph reported that the atheist and evolutionist Richard Dawkins was embroiled "in a bitter online battle over plans to rid his popular internet forum for atheists of foul language, insults and 'frivolous gossip'." In addition, Richard Dawkins has a reputation for being abrasive. For example, in September of 2010, Richard Dawkins became nasty towards a woman in an audience he spoke before (see: Women's views of Richard Dawkins).
For additional information please see: Elevatorgate
Atheism and rape
Atheism offers no condemnation of rape and it provides no moral basis for a society to attempt to prevent or even deter rape. Western atheists often assert there are no absolutes in morality and argue for moral relativism (see: Atheism and morality).
|“||When considering any and every atheist condemnation of any action whatsoever it is of primary importance to keep in mind that they are expressing personal opinions about the act(s) they are condemning. They are merely telling you their personal preferences in the form of morality borrowed from the Judeo-Christian worldview. They are piling unfounded assertion, upon unfounded assertion, upon unfounded assertion, and building a tel of arguments from outrage, arguments from personal incredulity, arguments for embarrassment, etc.||”|
Christian apologist Kyle Butt wrote: "In fact, in my debate with Dan Barker, Barker admitted that fact, and stated that under certain circumstances, rape would be a moral obligation (Butt and Barker, 2009)" (see: Atheist Dan Barker Says Child Rape Could Be Moral).
TheAmazingAtheist is YouTube's most subscribed to YouTube channel produced by an atheist and as of February of 2012 it had over 280,000 subscribers. In 2012, he viciously told a rape victim "you deserved it" and told her that her rapist "deserved a medal". He also told her that she should try to relive the rape in her mind.
Atheist leaders and immoral relationships
On June 14, 2012, an article entitled Atheist leaders and immoral relationships published by an advocate of the Question evolution! campaign declared:
|“|| The website Submitted to a Candid World is written by an agnostic and the website was praised by the prominent atheist PZ Myers in the past.
On April 20, 2012 an article appeared in Submitted to a Candid World which declared:
'Several of my close friends — coincidentally, all extremely intelligent, math/science oriented, and leaders in the freethought/rationality/atheist communities — find themselves practicing and promoting an arrangement they term “polyamory.” Essentially, this describes a post-jealousy, highly rationalized state where participants date each other, and several others simultaneously.
In the ideal polyamorous relationship, one man is seriously “dating” several women, each of whom is in turn dating several men.'
The article Atheist leaders and immoral relationships further declares:
|“|| Several leaders of the "freethought"/atheist community are practicing and promoting polyamory. This is not going to help the poor reputation that atheism already has among the public. The Mormons promoted bigamy for a while and later retracted their position due to the public outrage.
Of course, atheist leaders engaging in and promoting practices such as polyamory is one of the many reasons why atheism has such a bad reputation in the world.
For more information please see: Atheist leaders and immoral relationships
Elevatorgate is a term commonly used to describe a scandal involving Richard Dawkins' inappropriate comments made to fellow atheist Rebecca Waston. In 2011, Richard Dawkins was widely criticized within the atheist community plus criticized in various press outlets for his insensitive comments made to atheist Rebecca Watson about an incident which occurred in an elevator. Specifically, Watson was propositioned after an atheist event in an elevator by a man who apparently was a fellow atheist during the early hours of the morning and she was upset about the incident. Watson has written about widespread misogny within the atheist community and she has received threats of rape. Prior to the Elevatorgate incident, Wired magazine made the observation that atheists tend to be quarrelsome, socially challenged men.
For more information please see: Elevatorgate
New Atheism movement and contention between men and women
See also: Abrasiveness of Richard Dawkins
Within the militant New Atheism movement, there appears to be a significant amount of contention between men and women with complaints from women that there is a significant amount of misogny within the atheist community and its leadership is too heavily populated with men. This may partly explain why Western atheism is less appealing to Western women. In addition, the significant amount of contention between men and women may apply to Western atheism as a whole. As noted earlier, Wired magazine made the observation that atheists tend to be quarrelsome, socially challenged men.
Prominent atheists whose wives believe in the existence of God
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- Women's views of Richard Dawkins
- Prominent atheists whose wives believe in the existence of God
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- Atheism and Mental and Physical Health
- Psychology, obesity, religiosity and atheism
- Atheism and suicide
- Western atheism and race
- Atheism and bestiality
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