Women's Studies Circle - Social Media as Sites of Expression and Negotiation: A case Study of Young Saudi Females from the Eastern Province
Social Media as Sites of Expression and Negotiation: A case Study of Young Saudi Females from the Eastern Province
Middle Eastern Women have been portrayed frequently in the Western media as passive, submissive and oppressed . These portrayals have been challenged by many feminists who rightly argued that these portrayals conceptualize non-Western cultural identities as static and ahistorical and only served to reinforce the illusion that Middle Eastern patriarchal institutions are unchanging and untiring (Abu Lughod, 2002; Mohanty, 1988; Narayan, 1997; Oyewumi, 2003). Indeed, women have strived to play an active role in the Arab public sphere and the blossoming of the new communication technologies that may offer further opportunities for changes to women's realities in such societies. This presentation aims at discussing the ways social media is used for negotiation and self-expression among young Saudi females.