I thought of a lot of ways to reply to this, actually, and most of them had to do with the misogyny inherent in theistic religions. By that I mean Christianity, islam and Judaism. (interesting how the autocorrect capitalizes those two out of that threeâ€¦) since thatâ€™s a whole thread unto itself, Iâ€™ll stay away from that topic for now. But suffice it to say, I can NOT grasp how any woman in this day and age would subscribe to any of them. I better stop there.
I never thought of myself as anything, religiously. Understanding that atheism is in itself a belief system that some atheists really fervently cling to, I wouldnâ€™t identify as an atheist either because to me that was the most offensive part of religiosity. For clarity, religiosity is very different than practicing oneâ€™s religion with faith, even very strong faith. So there was my reluctance to embrace that term. Iâ€™m mostly over it.