Hey, if you felt like you needed a break or were sick of those who just wanted to sex you, by all means, it's your body. I prefer a more assertive approach using the words "go away" if I feel like I'm being objectified in a way I disagree with.:)<quoted text>
Fair enough, that's not the the society I live in. I live in a 82% secular society where very few people have any concept of morality. I'm pretty sure religion, in most countries, has stopped having that kind of effect since the 70's and is mostly completely ignored and ridiculed now but I could be wrong and you are the Anthropologist here after all.
I decided to be celibate because I got sick of being used for my body, I developed self respect and I like it, there's nothing worse than men treating women like holes with legs, thank you for asking instead of just assuming some religion controls my life :-)
I don't believe that a secular society promotes a lack of morality. You mean a lack of your morality. I don't particularly see why others should have your morality - or mine, for what's it worth.
I don't think the meaning and impact of religion is decreasing all that much. Sure, non-believers are making up a larger percentage of the populations of wealthy nations, but that's in part due to the freedom of expression that we enjoy. I suspect that people have long been non-believers but without the ability to voice their opinions, live the way they wanted to, much like people drawn to same sex sexuality.
Freedom reveals hidden minorities.
But most people are religious or, at least, religiously spiritual around the globe. It's impossible to ignore - lots of anthropologists, including myself, would like to, but if we do so we aren't being good social scientists. I've heard from lots of researchers who come back from the field saying "I wanted to keep Christianity out of my study, but I just couldn't. It was pervasive in everyday life for my subjects." Being in Japan, I can probably ignore religion for my study as very few people here are believers in the sense of the Christians on this thread.
People connect to others through shared ways of understanding experience and meaning-laden social performance. "Normal" people (that is, non-scientists) use metaphor and imprecise language to communicate - they and those of their culture/religion understand each other while building up us/them divisions. You always know who is and isn't from your denomination, for example, just by talking to them. Perhaps outside of wealthy nations, religions enjoy greater percentages of populations.