"And why no mention of Hinduism? That's not exactly a fluffy religion, especially for women."
Tessa, there was no mention of Hindusim because Dawkins knows very little about the faith, as is evident in his writings. as i mentioned on the BadScience discussion on this subject (the link to it is broke at the minute, i'll post it later), most of the aspects of 'religion' that Dawkins finds repulsive are absent from Hindu"ism" (for an explanation of why the ism is in inverted commas, send me an e-mail, no time here...!!):
i.e. Dawkins hates intelligent design, which doesn't get a mention in Hindusim. Dawkins believes in evolution, which is EXPRESSLY TAUGHT as the explanation of how humans came to be. Dawkins detests the manipulation of the masses by preachers of hate, and although there are extremist Hindus around (many), the true Hindu faith and 99.5% of its followers believe in and practice progressive, tolerant and respectful behaviour towards other creeds and religions.
hence, he mentioned nothing about Hinduism because with knowledge of the Hindu scriptures comes the resounding defeat of his 'science defeats the dark, backwards, un-enlightened religious types' argument...!!