I have always wondered why religions demonize sex and often depict women as subordinates.
Any one who has visited ancient temples in India would have come across statues like these.
When growing up in India, I have seen Hindus cringe looking at these statues. Somehow, these statues, once a symbol or beauty and piety have become disgusting and hedonistic. Somehow modern Hindus consider the puritanical ideas of Islam and Victorians to be their own. Is there something inherently attractive in these ideas - ideas such as modesty, virginity, misogyny and sexual-oppression.
Another alarming trend would be the shift in number of people worshiping gods vs goddesses. Temples of goddesses have largely been ignored. Barely any major religious celebrations are now dedicated to goddesses. Polygamy in hindu vedic literature is discussed in detail in universities and schools while polyandry is never mentioned!
So to sum up, my question is this, how do these ideas spread around the world? What is so attractive about these memes?