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

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. I really enjoy his open and toRead 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

Muttawa Encounters Volume 2

I noticed that a follow-up post on one of the most commented on subjects, the encounters with Saudi religious police, was long overdue. “Muttawa” is actually the third most popular search word that currently lands people on Blue Abaya, so something about the Saudi religious police forceRead 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

Ramadan- Favorite Month For Saudi Religious Police

Ramadan, the busiest season of the year for the members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (CPVPV) aka Saudi religious police force. I like to refer to them more familiarly as the muttawa or Hai’a. DISCLAIMER: This entire post is written in a sarcastic tone,Read more

Human or Hayawaan?

I came across this disgusting video of young Saudi guys harassing fully covered women on the street. They are shamelessly groping the girls private parts. http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=b7000259ab Shame on them. It’s sickening and upsetting to watch. There are so many questions that come toRead 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