Skip navigation! Story from Take Back The Beach. Sara Coughlin. Pay a visit to the beaches in Tel Aviv, and it may surprise you how similar they feel to the seaside towns in the U. Tourists and locals intermingle, women stroll around in sundresses and swimsuits, and people notice and discuss each other's bodies. Photographer Mayan Toledano , who visited Tel Aviv for Refinery29, tells us that the women she shot and interviewed at the beach were more than happy to share memorable comments they've received about their own bodies. Overwhelmingly, the first remarks that leapt to mind for these women were negative ones. But the comments they found problematic weren't exclusively negative. In fact, many of the women said that even compliments made them feel self-conscious — or, as Toledano put it, "measured" against other women.
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Updated: March 9, pm. An Orthodox Jewish girl enters Tel Aviv's "religious" beach, one of 12 gender-segregated beaches in Israel. RNS photo by Michele Chabin.
No vacation in Israel is complete without hitting the beach, if only to guarantee that light tan that will make your sun-deprived colleagues back home even paler with envy. But going to the beach here is not without its unique traditions and particularities, and could potentially leave you feeling like a fish out of water. The surest way to blend in on an Israeli beach is not to be glaringly pale, or worse, deep purple from a beach day gone horribly wrong. So how are all your sunbathing neighbors sporting that golden tan? The secret lies in military-grade planning that involves hitting the beach all the way back on that freakishly hot day in March, which was completely dedicated to skipping school or work and getting started on summer skin. A favorite Israeli beach side pastime involves feeling immensely superior to everyone else see above for thoughts on sunburned tourists or, alternatively, dedicating yourself entirely to hitting on foreign female beach goers. In slight contradiction to the above point, your intimidating Israeli neighbors will, at some point throughout the day, ask you to watch out for their valuables while they go for a dip in the sea. Matkot is a sport that unfortunately ranks as the No.
She is probably thinking she can convert you if she is with you long enough and is a good enough example. Please share your dating experience with a doctor or a medical resident. Work out as many as you can before marriage happens.