IN JORDAN, IT'S NOT RUDE TO ASK...
All these questions I've been asked by friends or strangers in the past week and it's not considered invasive/inappropriate. (I know the U.S. can be a bit hyper-PC, but some of these irk me.)
- •Your race"What are you?" Can be super-offensive in the U.S., but usually the first thing someone asks here. ((Specifically, I get asked if I'm Persian or Italian a lot...))
- •Your views on Israel/PalestineI actually got asked this in an interview for an apartment. (I later found out one of the housemates worked for UNWRA, so it made a little more sense.) Other conflicts (ie Syria) everyone's basically on the same side, but Is/Pal is very complicated and heated here.
- •If my mother was infertileYeah WTF. I've had a few moms-of-friends inquire or insinuate that because I only have one sibling, something must be medically wrong with my mom. Family planning isn't a thing for most conservative Muslims here.
- •Your religionThe second thing that gets asked. Especially during Ramadan, it was useful to know if someone was fasting. Usually, if you're white, people already assume you're a Christian.
- •How much you paid... For everything.Clothes, rent, transportation, etc. I don't know if this is a making-sure-I'm-not-getting-ripped-off thing, or mentally pegging my socioeconomic class? People ask about money even more than in Los Angeles!
- •Your weightAnd people will call you out of it looks like you've gained weight recently, too. I don't understand the pounds to kilograms conversion, so I just make up numbers.
- •If you're an alcoholicMention drinking AT ALL, and people will ask if you have a problem / if you drink too much / if you need it to function (all while chain smoking, which is perfectly acceptable)
- •Why I'm not married at 25Sooooo ooooold. Thanks for reminding me that I'm single.