In a country where no clothes is highly frowned upon, and women exist behind veils and headscarves, an Egyptian activist and blogger has decided to use that as her weapon. Aliaa Elmahdy , is a 20-year-old Egyptian who has decided to start a different kind of revolution for the womenfolk, using nakedness as her tool for political resistance.
In the last one week, she has caused uproar in the internets, with her blog amassing more that 1.5 million views in just two days. She posted no clothes pictures of herself on her blog in a bid to protest the limits on free expression in her country. In one of the pictures, and probably the one that has caused most uproar, Elmahdy, as she is popularly known, poses in only a pair of thigh-high stockings and some red patent leather shoes.
On her blog, which she calls "memories of a revolutionary: [adult] art," she wrote that she was practicing her freedom of expression. “I took my nude photo myself in my parents’ home,” she writes. The same photo appears on her blog a second time, but with a yellow rectangle covering her crotch. “The yellow rectangles on my eyes, mouth and sex organ resemble the censoring of our knowledge, expression and sexuality,” she writes.
Her rebellion and her quest for freedom have received numerous attacks and acceptance from a range of people, most of them Egyptians. Some Muslims have come forth, threatening her and challenging her actions, asking for the restriction of her freedom.
Her actions went viral on all social networks, and on twitter, the discussion took the tag #nudephotorevolution.
And she keeps writing on her blog, her recent message being “Put on trial the artists' models who posed nude for art schools until the early 70s, hide the art books and destroy the nude statues of antiquity, then undress and stand before a mirror and burn your bodies that you despise to forever rid yourselves of your sexual hang-ups before you direct your humiliation and chauvinism and dare to try to deny me my freedom of expression”
She is however massively supported by many women; as it was seen on Saturday when dozens of Israeli women decided enough is enough, stripping off their clothes to show solidarity with the Egyptian blogger. The 40 Israelis posed for a group photo, but did not fully display their intimate parts like Elmahdy.
"Girls, let's give the world a good reason to see the unique beauty of Israeli women," Tepler wrote on the Facebook event page that was inviting women to the photo shoot. "Regardless of whether they are Jewish, Arab, straight or Lesbian – because here, as of now, it doesn't matter. (…) Let us show the doubters that our international discourse doesn't depend on governments."
The participants were photographed holding a sign that read, "Love without Limits," and "Homage to Aliaa Elmahdi. Sisters in Israel."
Elmahdy dates a controversial Egyptian blogger who is said to have spent 4 years in prison for a blog that he put up, insulting Islam and calling Mubarak a "symbol of tyranny”.
The nude photo activist, even amidst the insults and the threats isn’t flinching. She intends to keep the fight going. Elmahdy, who labels herself as an atheist, has things to say to her insulters "Get rid of your sexual complexes for good before directing your abuses towards me or deny me the right of freedom of expression."
And also 25 to 30 Israeli women gathered together and also posted nude on a single shoot photo just to show their support.
Source: TheAfricans@beeafrican.info |