I asked a local of Jordan whom seemed more liberal if I could wear a bikini on the beach. He said you know we are Arab, you can and we will surround you in a circle and clap.
I went swimming in my clothes.
Taxi driver asked me to take off my sun glasses, when I did he just looked at me and said very nice.
Nothing compares to the Middle East.
In the USA I can defend myself, flip off creepers but here there’s a risk if I make a scene.
Female Saudi Arabians go to Jordan for freedom, and to Israel is even greater freedom.
In Egypt I hear foreign women get hollered “want to fuck”. I learned the only defense is to say “are you Muslim”.
These four lands border by the Red Sea.
I respect everyone’s religion and culture but as a female I cannot say I respect Muslim beliefs for women. For my brother he does not feel it until I am with him does he see men staring at my crotch or yelling at me. They do not see women as equal. The people I met were very kind and peaceful but it is instilled in their culture what women are for- that which does not include personal liberties.
Crossing the border back to Israel was a great relief. Here is just like any other western country, women wear what they want and treated equal.
I am open to discussion but this is how I felt.