As a woman who grew up religious in a highly religious city I had gotten so used to the sexism and sexual harrassment that I started to expect it, and later... to distrust men as a whole. Most of the Christian men I met had very unfair rules about what I should do with my life, how many kids I should have, what type of sexual activity I could engage in without being dehumanized, and that if I was to have a career, I would still have to do all the housework once married. I began to resent this and retreated from the dating world.
But, I can't express adequately how ASTOUNDED I was as a new atheist woman on how well I was treated by freethinker men. I was floored! Not only was I treated like my opinions and wishes mattered, but I was accepted as an EQUAL! [Something I had never totally experienced before]. Although some of the men in the christian community had told me "I was equal" their actions and comments had said otherwise.
Finally, because of you atheist men, I have come to trust that there are some men out there that don't wish to make me something less than human.