Is religion used to repress women's full participation in society?
Religious texts reinforce a sense of male superiority which allows abuses like genital mutilation. Segregation excludes women from men's presence, normalizing a sense of other and excluding women from male conversation. Head coverings for women add to a sense that women must prove themselves by wearing something extra. The burqa effectively disappears women altogether. Secular society also struggles with sexism. Seeing Islamic women in self imposed restriction affects other women who are more subtly oppressed. Men need to take control of their sexual impulses instead of putting restrictions on women. Men also need to open their minds to the benefits of women's full partnership in this world. Sikh males and females both wear headgear, so this instance is not sexist, although sexism is also present in Sikhism.