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Women-Only Beach in Egypt Allows Modesty and Tanlines

Long Muslim scarves and lots of clothes worn on the beach can make a woman feel like a fish out of water. One resort in Egypt is making it safe to dive in. Called "La Femme," its women-only status means that women can swim, breast feed, and lounge in bikinis safe from the prying eyes of men.

Given the guidelines of the growing conservatism in the mostly Muslim country, more and more women opt to follow the strict Muslim guidelines of covering their heads and skin. This beach is one of the only ways they can frolic and still be fiercely religious. One woman in her 60s basking in the sun says, "Sometimes I turn around and look behind to make sure there are no men. And, thank God, there aren't any. It is 'haram' (forbidden in Islam) to strut around in front of men in a swimsuit. It is an excellent idea to have a beach reserved for women only."

To see how they guard the women,


It costs money to sunbathe safely — it is mostly upper-class women who can afford the $14 for a weekend's entrance into the gated beach club. With thick branches shielding the women from view and guards at the entrance searching for cameras that might be used to post pictures of the women on the Internet, the women are delighted. One bikini-clad gal says, "It is wonderful here. We don't have to put up with the prying eyes of men. But on the mixed beaches it is unbearable."

I don't know about you, but the idea of women-only places like beaches (or gyms!) sounds just peachy to me. Would you sunbathe sans dudes?


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ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i love that there are means for women to enjoy life like they deserve w/o having to go to another country. i can understand the culture and the desire for women to maintain modesty - but this is also 2008 and women deserve the chance to be modern and enjoy the things that they see from others around the world. yes not everyone can afford the entrance fee - but it's on par with what we pay here in the US for some beaches - so it's not unreasonable i think.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
I mean it's just so REALISTIC!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
I'm still amazed at the brilliant photoshop skills it must've taken to make this beautiful collage...:rotfl:
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I'm DYING! :ROTFL: I don't even want to know what would happen if I took my cats to the beach...or who has to scoop it up afterwards.
stephley stephley 9 years
Ew, a giant cat box!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
This is one of the photos that came up when I typed in "Egypt Beach" :rotfl:
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I think most of the time CitizenSugar uses stock photos. They're not always exactly what the post is about (e.g. the photo of the electric car fueling station on the hybrid car parking post) but add visual interest. So I'm guessing this isn't the actual beach, but rather what you get from searching for "egypt beach" at Getty Images.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I don't think the picture is actually on a woman-only beach. It looks to me like Citizen just chose it to represent the story.
ladychaos ladychaos 9 years
One question: how was this photo taken if they don't allow cameras?
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 9 years
good stuff
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
I remember the first time I went to an unofficial (gay) nude beach when I was 23 with my first boyfriend. Woo! The boys were up to somethin. It just blew my mind.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 9 years
in a country that hot, they deserve it!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I don't know what made me pick Jim Belushi. He was the first generic out of shape guy that came to mind, I guess.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I guess the question is, do the guys at the beach you go to have Michael Phelps bodies or Jim Belushi bodies? That would make all of the difference for me when considering whether or not I would miss them.
stephley stephley 9 years
But I'd kind of miss watching guys at the beach - when they aren't being pains, they can be pretty entertaining.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Oh I see. ;-)>
CitizenSugar CitizenSugar 9 years
You make me giggle hypnoticmix. I guess I was trying to show the behavior they were trying to avoid in the pic, but I see your point. Aunt Sally is staring for sure ;)
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
LMAO! "its women-only status means that women can swim, breast feed, and lounge in bikinis safe from the prying eyes of men." Well who is that on the Camel, Aunt Sally?
True-Song True-Song 9 years
I wish we had that here. I don't have a problem with men at the beach, but I'd just as soon do without them.
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
That's a great idea. Good for La Femme. Like lil, I'm also not that bothered by being on the beach or whatever with men around, but even I will have to admit that it would be nice to be able to sunbathe or work out without being creepily stared at or hit on, at least once in a while. It sounds liberating.
Michelann Michelann 9 years
Lilkim, that sounds like my kind of work!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
If there's a market for it, why not? I am not really all that concerned about sunbathing or working out without men around, but I don't see the harm in a private business that only allows women. It is interesting, though, because I know historically women have had problems with male colleagues conducting business at clubs that didn't allow women. Women could run entire offices from these beaches and men would be none the wiser!
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