So, this started with the realization that I was attracted to the more...strict interpretations of religions for a long time because I did not want to be responsible for my life. I had a desire to interact with the rest of the world as little as possible, and I wanted an excuse to do that. I wanted to believe that my discomfort with other people, with making decisions and taking responsibility was because the world was out of order and my feelings were indicating how the world was supposed to be.
And I found other people who seemed to be saying what I wanted to hear. That women were supposed to be under the men. Set apart, not looked at, not talked to, etc.
I'm not saying that that was the correct interpretation of any of the religions I looked into, just that that was the one that appealed to me, and why.
I've gotten better though. :D
But this led to the idle thought: how much is religion, in general, the abdication of responsibility for both our own lives and the state of the world around us?