Saudi women unveil opinions online | csmonitor.com

More women are blogging in the Kingdom, getting the attention of censors and their conservative counterparts.

By Rasheed Abou-Alsamh | Contributor to The Christian Science Monitor
JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA – In this country where women are forced to completely cover themselves in public, are barred from driving, and need permission to travel abroad, it’s small wonder many are embracing the freedom of anonymity on the Internet.

As Internet usage continues to climb here, so do the numbers of women who have started Web logs, or blogs, to express themselves in ways they might never do in public.
“I love blogging because it helps me to express myself and I like to write in English,” says Farah Aziz, a translation student at King Saud University in Riyadh who started blogging in January 2005.

On several women Saudi bloggers:

Farah’s Sowaleef

Saudi Eve

Green Tea (Arab)

A thought in the Kingdom of Lunacy