Since leaving the JWs I have looked into many beliefs and have come to this conclusion.
Paganism has a high regard for women, as they worship Goddesses and respect the female for the ability to give birth to new life.
Christianity puts females in second place to males and blames women for male temptations which goes back to Eve eating the fruit and tempting Adam with it. They also created a Devil with the appearance of the Pagan God Pan and built churches on Pagan worship sites so that people would still go there to worship, but within a Christian building.
I have come to the conclusion that Paganism versus Christianity is about a battle of the sexes.
The fear of demonic forces is taught by religions to deter you from straying. The horror films that are presented about the occult are also designed to instill fear into its viewers. The reason for this is when you do find out the truth of what religion is about, which is mainly power over people, you no longer need it and these organizations lose their power over you.
In all my research and attending different churches and organizations, the only demonic forces (if you can call them that) I have experienced are from people themselves and you will meet some in all organizations and belief systems.
The word FEAR can stand for False Expectation Appearing Real. Your mind shapes your life much more than you realize, if you think you are cursed then you may as well be!!
I would be very interested to hear what you have learnt since leaving the JWs :-) x