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An internet café near Tahrir Square in Cairo, where social media played a prominent role in anti-government demonstrations. Photo: Julie Dermansky, Corbis An internet café near Tahrir Square in Cairo, where social media played a prominent role in anti-government demonstrations. Photo: Julie Dermansky, Corbis

Chapter 3 – At home in the network

Women’s digital and social mobility in Egypt

Writing in blog space has a peculiar intimacy: Your uncensored thoughts are online for all to read, and the friends who comment on your posts are anonymous strangers. This “public privacy” has attracted many Egyptian women to write in the blog genre. Indeed, the blog gained a reputation in Egypt as a women’s genre as early as 2006, when three blogs by women were turned into bestselling books by the Shorouk press.

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