How can modesty become a cultural virtue? To approach how many Muslim women can come to see themselves though the lens of modesty and see covering up as a virtue, it has to be understood through the lens of male/female views generally (If you’ll excuse the lack of LGBTQ recognition here). Historically, only the wives of Muhammad were required to cover themselves, and so this tells you not only how contemporary Muslim women view themselves when they cover up, but also how Muslim men view themselves. Sexual maturity is traded for identifying as one’s theological superhero. But clearly, as the cartoons above illustrate, this all depends on men viewing females primarily as a sexual object, and so a culture of modesty is born. Women are marginalized in Islam because they are primarily seen as sexual objects, and not persons. As I said, women view themselves this way too.
Also see my previous post
Wives In The Quran: