Woman to Woman Relationships at Some Schools
Hayat Kharbash, Arab News
ABHA, 21 February 2007 â€” In a scene that many would describe as disgusting and contrary to the religious and cultural traditions of the Kingdom, sitting intimately in a corner of a classroom at a high school in Abha is Fawziya and Uhoud â€” two young female â€œlovers.â€
The two girls speak romantically and exchange kisses in a relationship that is forbidden in Islam. Fawziya is in the final year of high school. She is engaged to a man and will be getting married in summer after graduation.
â€œIâ€™m not bothered what people at school say about me. Iâ€™m just looking for an emotional relationship and I found that in Uhoud,â€ said Fawziya, adding that having love and feeling is the key to life.
â€œMy relationship with my family isnâ€™t very good and I donâ€™t get the love and attention that I should be getting from them. My family is very disconnected and there are a lot of family problems,â€ she said, adding that she is not paying much attention to her coming marriage. Rather she says her attention is fixed on Uhoud….
This is the first Saudi newspaper article I’ve seen on this issue, so it must be starting to break through to the public consciousness. Lesbianism has certainly been a topic of discussion among Saudis, usually in gender-segregated groups. It’s been the matter of speculation by many who comment on how Saudi morals and mores heavily penalize sexuality outside of marriage and by those who write about male homosexuality. The article quotes several scholars on the issue, but their answers all imply that homosexuality it nothing but a social construct. Western research doesn’t exactly agree. But Saudi lesbians seem to be coming out of the closet these days as Saudi weblogs like Two Dykes and a Closet make themselves known. [This site is almost certainly blocked by Saudi censors due to its sexual content. It's not 'hot girl-on-girl action', but it's pretty explicit, including its most recent post on sex dolls.]
Change is coming to Saudi Arabia, like it or not. How Saudi society choses to deal with it and what restraints government tries to impose will determine the directions these changes take.