I am a straight woman who loves men very much, but honestly I think it's universally accepted that humanity loves boobs. Men try not to oggle at that rack walking down the street, and woman look on with envious eyes. The mesmerizing effect that the chest is challenged by very little else. It is the power card women have over their male counterpart, boobs trump almost anything.
And this is the very reason that they are feared. That men in power have tried many ways to repress and keep women in their place, pregnant, and barefoot in the kitchen. Muslim women covered head to toe in cloth, or skirts past ones ankles in Mennonite colonies. I am not a feminist or perhaps not a writer of feminist material, but I am against repression of any kind and after much research I am lead to believe that religion has done more to repress the feminine wiles than anything else out there.
I understand that the topic is up for some debate, but there is much research out there by such authors as Baigent, and Jordan which debate the most effective form of repression in woman today. Turning Mary Magdalene, from a historically accurate wife (Jesus), to that of a prostitute. Religious men are so fearful of a woman's power that they change history to suit their needs, in this case, keeping a very powerful woman below the men around her.
There is so much ancient script where woman could almost reach godly status in their tribe or village. Woman played key roles in ceremonies and the management of their people. Why did men turn from adoring their women, to changing history and mandating dress code as forms of oppression? It's an unfortunate reality that in the 60's a law needed to be passed that if a woman did the same work as a man, she had to be paid the same. The legal world had to step up and force the populous to give fair wages. Our elected governing body had more common sense than the entity so many out there entrust their immortal souls to, the church.
The bottom line though is that boobs get their way in many situations and men have little willpower against it. Religion has guided so many in the direction of gender separation that I am hard pressed to find a religious male out there who knows how the female should be treated. Either the woman is forced down, or put upon a pedestal possibly out of guilt? I personally have hidden my own chest many times as I wanted to be judged for my wit and not the cleavage. So I suppose even I am not yet past religions hold on societal views. I hope someday woman can be proud to use their assets to benefit both themselves and that of the people around them without shame or judgement. For now though, as long as we keep educating ourselves and asking why do we do the things we do, we can gain a complete understanding and make the changes necessary to ensure equality.