It's crazy, because having an irrational fear isn't specific to any one gender. I know an otherwise completely rational woman who hates frogs because she's afraid they all want to jump into her mouth, and I know an otherwise completely rational man who is terrified that old women want to give him home-cooked food. Everyone is afraid of something they have no reason to be afraid of (I myself live every day knowing that, at any minute, my toilet will explode without warning or provocation, and never stop). When it comes to the fear of ghosts, however, that's all women all day.
"But what if this soup is haunted!?"
I want to be clear that I'm not bringing this up as a subtle way of insulting the intelligence of women. I'm not saying that more women than men believe in ghosts because they're dumber, because I'm much dumber than women, and I don't believe in ghosts. I have no idea why this trend exists. I thought it was something bizarre that only I was noticing, but according to a 2009 CBS News poll, 56 percent of women believe in ghosts, while only 38 percent of men do, and women are twice as likely as men to say that they've actually seen one.