Category: gender segregation

New and Improved Edition of Mobile Burkha is finally here!

Introducing the newest edition of the Mobile Burkha– The simple and safe solution to allow women driving in Saudi Arabia! This is a Society Approved way to enable women driving in Saudi Arabia. Disclaimer: This is a satirical article and in order to fully comprehend it a sense of humor isRead more

Because I Am A Girl…

I wrote this poem thinking of my baby daughter, and I dedicate it to all the little girls out there living in their gilded cages. With the words of Alejandro Jodorowsky, “Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness”. “Because you are a girl. That is the reply, when I ask overRead more

Darbawiya-The Saudi Punks

Darbawi- The Saudi Punks. Remember the “Anonymous Saudi Man” who shared with us his insightful thoughts on tribalism, love and marriage in Saudi Arabia? (You can read that post here.) I’m so excited to share Saudi Man’s candid thoughts on Blue Abaya for the second time. IRead more

Saudi IKEA’s Misogynistic Madness

I noticed something so disturbing today that I just HAD to rant a little bit about it. I mean this is complete and utter madness. So Dumb. Disturbs me what kind of sickos and women haters are out there. This is the source of my headache, an article in the Swedish Metro magazine thisRead more

Lower Your Gaze-Goggles

Finally the day is upon us when Saudi men no longer have to worry about remembering to lower their gazes. The ultra-orthodox Jewish organization ‘Committee for Purity in the Camp’ have gone and invented what the Saudi Committee of Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice should haveRead more

Saudi Wedding Extravaganza

So I attended my first big wedding party (walimah) here in Riyadh! What an amazing experience! The second part of the wedding party celebrations can be read here. Weddings are the most important social gatherings in Saudi. Often costing hundreds of thousands of riyals, this is the time SaudiRead more

Does Saudi-Arabia Need Sex Education?

A while ago I wrote about Saudi men and the cultural pressure society brings on them to perform in the bedroom. Check it out here: http://blueabaya.com/2011/09/saudi-men-and-pressure-to-perform.html In the article you can read how some young Saudi men are not able to consummate their marriages dueRead more

Women to Finally Sell Lingerie in Saudi-Arabia?

Scene from a lingerie store in Riyadh, Saudi-Arabia. Woman enters shop fully covered in her black abaya. An Arab male salesclerk approaches with a smile while closely eyeing her body up and down. “Hello ma’m can I help? You need push-up bra?” –No thank you. “We haveRead more

Housemaids, villains or victims?

Housemaids In Saudi-Arabia have been making many headlines lately. Indonesian and Philippino housemaids are among the most numerous in Saudi-Arabia and both nationalities have been accused of crimes against their employers and vice versa. Following the execution of an Indonesian housemaid that hadRead more

Janadriyah Cultural Heritage Festival in 2011

Janadriyah Cultural Heritage festival of Saudi Arabia is held annually on the outskirts of Riyadh at the Janadriyah Village. This post depicts images from the festival in 2011. For more information about the folk festival itself, the timings and dates of Al Janadriya, check out Blue Abaya guides toRead more

Saudi Dating Scene

Dating? In Saudi-Arabia? It would appear that there is no such thing as dating in Saudi-Arabia. The countries strict laws on gender segregation make sure all contact between the sexes is minimized. There are no movie theaters, restaurants and cafe’s are segregated by gender and single men areRead more

Saudis Could Take Lessons from Finnish Schools!

It’s not a big secret that people think the Saudi public schooling system sucks. Even the Saudis complain about the system all the time. Some have called it one of the worst in the world. It’s mostly bashed for being tied to rote learning and for an over-emphasis on religious studiesRead more