Gaza's Surfer Girls

Topol, Sarah A.
November 2010
Atlantic;Nov2010, Vol. 306 Issue 4, p36
The article discusses Palestinian girls living in the Gaza Strip and learning to surf. Particular focus is given to social constraints placed on girls and women which make it difficult for them to learn to surf and to practice surfing in public. It notes that the girls surf fully clothed, practice in groups, and refuse to surf if there are too many onlookers. The influence of the political organization Hamas in the region and of conservative Islam are also discussed.


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