If I counted right, there are 32 female bloggers from 114 total bloggers on Jordan Planet. This is about 28% if my 6th grade arithmetic skills still serve me well.
Why did I count? Because of the 27 bloggers whose blogs are listed in my links section based on the frequency of my surfing, 13 of them are female, which is about half. But of the 18 bloggers who I will check on first before turning to aggregators like Jordan Planet and Toot, about 11 of those happen to be Arab females; a majority.
The reason I mention this is because I never paid attention to those numbers or the genders behind them while clicking their respective links. However upon this realization, it came as somewhat of a surprise to me and it made me wonder what the numbers are like out there in the general Arab blogosphere; a cyber world that is apparently too vast and growing at too fast a pace to ever present me with any accurate number.
From first glance there seems to be a healthy dose of female Arab bloggers although I figure males will out number them. It probably has a lot to do with the stigma of geekiness and the lacking of femininity that the Internet carries, especially blogging.
I know the Arab blogosphere, like many others of its kind, is dependent on demographics. Access to the Internet, standards of living, education et cetera, all this has to be considered to “assess the blogosphere”. But ceteris paribus, I really don’t think too much about that in the general context of it all. And I also don’t care about what they (female bloggers) talk about, be it a very feminist issue, makeup or politics or whatever; everyone has their shtick. I’m just glad there are female Arab bloggers out there and a significant number at that. Without that voice to balance things out it would be one hell of a boring blogosphere, that’s for sure.
In any case this observation brings many questions to mind such as:
Are there more female Arab bloggers? If not, will they one day become the majority? And are there major differences in the topics they discuss as opposed to male Arab bloggers? Do those topics conform with social norms or does the Internet provide a medium to break with those norms? If the blogger is anonymous can one tell if they are female or male at first glance, from say, the writing style? Do female Arab bloggers tackle the taboo subjects more than the male Arab bloggers? Do female Arab bloggers tackle the issues pertaining to the Arab woman, which are plenty in this day and age, or do they tend to avoid it?
And many many other questions…