The last couple decades have seen a resurgence in the popularity of 'modest dress' in many Muslim countries, particularly among younger women.
The Koran, exhorts Muslim women not to reveal any part of their bodies to men (except to their husbands). The rational or philisophical explanations for this are deeply rooted in Muslim views on sexuality. The Reader's Digest version is that 'sex' is a thing that women have and men want. An ideal society and one where an individual is best able to evolve, is a society where an individual's mind is not focused habitually on sex (understand this as 'out of sight out of mind'). Sexual impulses are seen as being primarily an acitve force exerted by men and merely seeing a woman's body is an invitation to think about sex. Devout Muslim women will also tell you that modest dress prevents them from being viewed as a 'sex object'.
My question - is there legitimacy behind these views? Hypothetically, wouldn't a society not obsessed with sex actually be a more desirable state of affairs? Is there another or more efficient way to accomplish this end? Without taking comfort into account, how is 'modest dress' in any way oppressive to women?