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. This conflict, between affirming someone's appearance and not wanting to make it seem like that's the only thing that matters, is something we're exploring all summer long here at R
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Women in Israel comprise Israeli law prohibits discrimination based on gender in matters such as employment and wages, and provides for class-action lawsuits. However, in tandem, sexist wage disparities between men and women remain an issue in parts of the state. In the same survey, Israel was ranked 24th for the proportion of women serving in executive positions of power. In , Israel was ranked the eighth-safest country in the world for women by the New World Wealth research group. Even before the state of Israel was created, there were women settlers fighting for women's rights in Palestine.
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