Mainstream religions encourage patriarchy by assuming male superiority. Women are depicted as subordinate in all respects. Because of this ideology women are afforded fewer rights and autonomy as they are seen as vulnerable beings in need of protection and control. For example, Eve was seen as foolish, for eating the forbidden fruit, which was indicative of man being intellectually superior and incapable of succumbing to such temptation. The Genesis accordingly gives man the right to rule over his wife. There are duties set out to guide and protect wives.
These higher rights afforded to men can also have catastrophic consequences for women. For example, in Islam, men are afforded the right to call an instantaneous divorce. This seems to connotate that women cannot make rational decisions. The practice of Sati in Hinduism was a practice of self-immolation by women in India on their husband's funeral pyres if they became a widow. It indicates that a woman loses the capacity to live without her husband. The story underlying this was about a woman who was enraged by her father's disrespect towards her partner, Lord Shiva, and self-immolated. This became the ideal of a chaste woman.
Married women are made to dress in a particular manner, and in some cultures wear items to symbolize their sexually exclusive status. The same standards do not apply to men. This ideology is embedded within different cultures, and not only are men conditioned to believe it, but women are conditioned to accept their fate and be obedient to it. Anyone challenging these norms is branded to be blasphemous or "impure" otherwise.