If you smile at your wife, she will take advantage of you! Between men and women there is a huge gulf.
Male and female ‘live’ in distinct universes. To confuse the two universes is to court disaster. It is the nature of things Islamic that male and female occupy different worlds.
From the Islamic point of view, the question of the equality of men and women is meaningless. It is like discussing the equality of a rose and a jasmine. Each has its own perfume, colour, shape and beauty. Men and women are not the same. Each has particular features and characteristics. Women are not equal to men. But neither are men equal to women. Islam envisages their roles in society not as competing but as complimentary. Each has certain duties and functions in accordance with his or her nature and constitution. – Maryam Jameelah, The Feminist Movement and the Muslim Woman
In reality, however, the duties expected of women tend to emphasis the superiority of men, for the latter are the judges of whether the womanly duties are adequately being fulfilled.