Much has been written about the role the internet played during the Arab uprisings of 2011,
with particular attention paid to social media, whether Facebook, Twitter or blogging, and the
extent to which it contributed to organizing the mass protests. Another recurring theme of
the analysis of the uprisings was the role played by women, with Western media in particular
emphasizing their contributions and debating whether this marked a pronounced increase in
women’s agency. My article seeks to respond to these issues through an analysis of two Egyptian
women’s blogs. Instead of contributing to the well-known debate about the internet’s capabilities
for facilitating action, I examine how blogs observe resistance, exploring this through notions
of digital testimony and autobiography. I then consider the issue of solidarity and whether this is
gendered, which is an important issue to consider in light of the focus placed on women’s roles
during the protests. Ultimately I aim to demonstrate that these Egyptian women’s blogs offer us
new and productive ways of thinking about the role the internet played during the Arab uprisings
and the autobiographical act, leading us to acknowledge the complexities of both solidarity and
articulations of selfhood.
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