[quote="Mungling, post:8, topic:252685"]
I should certainly hope that they obsess over it. If someone were to legitimately believe millions of people were being murdered every year and they weren't extremely concerned about this I think I would be more than a little disturbed.
Anyways, I suspect that the reason religious belief in women is declining for the same reason religious belief has declined among men: the pull of contemporary society is just too strong. The real question here isn't that religious belief is declining among women but why religious belief is more prevalent in women at all.
Assuming this trend is real I think one of the factors is rising expectations (regarding the earthly material world) among women.
Living in the modern West we tend to forget just how poor, miserable, and frequently short the lives of our ancestors were. And how poor, miserable, and short life remains for people in many other parts of the world.
Religion (or at least certain religions) thrives on misery because when people lose hope in their earthly lives their likely to fantasize about/emotionally invest in some sort of afterlife.
And women have frequently had it worse than men.
Any quick study of history will show that women have often (so often that it might even be the norm) been treated unfairly and unjustly (compared to men) by the culture they live in, their society, and the laws they live under.
Frankly the earthly realm had less to offer (or at least had fewer attractions for) such women. Its only natural that the promise of a wonderful afterlife would have more of a pull for women.
But Western women are (generally) well-fed, relatively affluent, and living much longer than their grandmothers and great-grandmothers. As well as being treated like equals by their male peers.
Moreover, the West has been relatively successful at exporting/promoting the ideas behind these improved conditions for women.
Improving conditions in the real world means that the attraction of great afterlife suddenly becomes a lot less powerful.
In other words, many women think that they can achieve happiness in this life, rather than having to wait for a wonderful afterlife (as their females ancestors did).