Beaches are where it’s at in the modern age.
They are where women are supposed to be.
But that’s not the case everywhere.
In a few places, women are being denied the beach.
The latest was a story published by the Wall Street Review of Books about an Australian-born, Australian-raised Muslim who said she was being discriminated against in the Australian capital.
The story, titled “Beach Sunset: The Story of a Muslim Woman Who Was Denied a Beach Day,” was published on Tuesday and quoted several women as saying they were harassed, called “n****r” and “bitch.”
The author of the story, who wished to remain anonymous, said that when she arrived at her destination, she was surprised to see that the beach was not open.
“I was so surprised because there were people all around me, including two police officers,” the woman, who asked not to be named, told the Review.
“I was like, ‘Whoa!
What are you guys doing here?'”
The woman said she said she felt unsafe because of her religion and that her Muslim friends were harassed.
“They didn’t know why I was being stopped,” she told the paper.
“When I said I was going to go home, I was told that I was just a Muslim woman.
I was so embarrassed, because I’ve been discriminated against before.”
The woman, now in her late 20s, said she also said she “was very scared to go out in the public in public because they would be stopping me.”
She said that while she was at the beach with her friends, they saw police officers harassing other Muslim women on the beach who were wearing headscarves.
“It was really shocking because I was in the middle of a beach,” she said.
The woman is now planning to leave Australia, she said, but said that she will continue to fight for a day in the sun every day.
The Wall Street review, which published the story under a cover photo of a woman wearing a hijab, said in its story that it “believes that this story highlights the discrimination against Muslims in Australia and other countries, including the United States, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa, where Muslims have been excluded from beaches, including at beaches where the law allows them to be.”
The story’s author, who is also a mother of two, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
The beach in the photo above is a popular tourist destination for Muslims, and the woman who told the Wall St. Review that she was harassed said she visited the beach twice a week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.