What I’m suggesting here is that many women have a psychological need to be dominated – even in some cases abused – and that it is this need, above all, that religion supplies. God is the ultimate alpha male, the wise, loving father and strong protector. Religion answers the evolutionary need for security, but also darker urges too. Just as female mosochists outnumber their male equivalents, and women often stay with abusive partners, so even a religion that patronises, marginalises and oppresses women will answer their deeply-felt needs. This is an aspect of female psychology that feminists like Cath Elliott do not understand; or if they do understand, they hate, and because they condemn it they put it all down to social conditioning or immemorial male oppression. Perhaps they are simply disappointed in their God-fearing sisters. Perhaps they are right to be. But in most cases, and certainly in modern Britain, it is not men who are using religion to oppress women. On the contrary, in some cases women who can’t find male oppressors are turning instead to God. – http://heresycorner.blogspot.com/2008/08/god-v-feminists.html
Is the popularity of a badly written book about BDSM an aspect of this – I’m referring to the ’50 Shades of Grey’ trilogy of course.