There is a well known hadith of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “Women are the twin halves of men.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 204; al-Tirmidhi, 105, from the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah. Also narrated by al-Daarimi, 764, from the hadeeth of Anas.
Men and women generally are equal, but both have different roles to fulfil and in some situations one is superior over the other, such as divorce where the woman gets the kids unless the judge rules otherwise.
Muslims take their religion seriously is a good thing, how can one be a Christian if he doesn’t take his religion seriously? Would a priest consider a Christian that doesn’t go to church, doesn’t pray or repent, have sex outside of marriage and worship idols a Christian?
Criticism of Islam is a complex topic, criticising Islam doesn’t lead to good, the same as Christianity or Judaism. How could anyone stand unjust criticism? If you slander someone’s beliefs, they will get upset, regardless of whether or not they are a Muslim.