There's a place, far away, where young ladies don't speak publicly about their contraception needs.
I'm not saying it's a good place. I'm just saying that it's an interesting counter-point to the kinds of things we hear said about women (from both sides) and about what people have said about women, in this country. Especially this week.
Wearing long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt and a hijab, Hala Jarabaa sat on a beach towel and soaked up the sun.
She could not swim at the Corniche public beach because there were men there, but she still fondly remembers the days when Abu Dhabi had a ladies-only beach in Ras Al Akhdar.
"When we were children we would go there," said the 24-year-old Palestinian.
That beach closed more than five years ago and the area is now a maze of construction. But many women in Abu Dhabi wish the municipality would open another ladies-only beach - or designate ladies-only days on a secluded section of the coast.
"I would come to every ladies' day," said Mona Mohammed, 26, a Yemeni university student born and raised in Abu Dhabi.
There used to be women-only hotels in most major American cities, and for years women have complained that they can't meet for a drink at a bar without getting unwanted attention.
In conservative Abu Dhabi, young women miss the old Ladies Only beach. But if you switched some of the names around, would you know if the following quotation came from a Muslim woman in the Persian Gulf, a middle-aged feminist academic, or a conservative American soccer mom?
Jehan Erfan, an Abu Dhabi resident from Egypt, said a new ladies' beach was "a very good idea". "We were just talking about how we have gained weight and are shy to wear our swimsuits," joked Ms Erfan, 40. "We like some privacy, so it would be great to have a ladies' beach or maybe ladies-only days."
Ms Jarabaa said a ladies' beach would allow her to enjoy the water.
"We are free in it," she said. "We can take off our clothes and wear swimming gear."
A ladies' beach would need all-female workers and be out of the way of male eyes. Authorities would also need to find a way to keep men on jet skis from passing nearby, for example, Ms Mohammed said.
However, a few women were less eager for a ladies-only beach.
Anju Johari, 52, from India, said sharing the shore with men did not bother her.
Chris Penuel, 42, from England, said she liked to go to the beach with her husband. "It doesn't affect me one way or another to have men on the beach," she said.
But she added that she understood why other women felt differently.
"I can see why some women would want a ladies-only beach, not just for religious reasons."
I'm really not sure what conclusions to draw from this. But I think it's interesting that a women-only beach in a conservative Muslim emirate seems like a liberating thing.