A 20-year old student at the University of Cayro in Egypt is causing lots of uproar in Middle East. Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, also an activist, has posted naked pictures of herself on her blog. The naked Egyptian activist is now taking lots of heat from the Muslim world for the nude photos.
Aliaa Magda Elmady The Activist
According to news sources, this is not the first time that Elmahdy has become the center of controversy. According to reports, Aliaa Magda Elmahdy and her boyfriend who is also an activist, once were expelled from a park for showing affection for each other in public. In retaliation, Elmahdy posted a video of the incident showing her and the boyfriend arguing with the park managers who asked them leave.
Aliaa Magda Elmahdy Agenda
Aliaa Magda Elmahdy seems to be making her moves to display certain opposition to Salafis. Salafis are factions of Sunni Islam who encourage and engage in restrict practices of Islamic laws. Their beliefs are more in line with Saudi Arabia-style segregation of sexes. In post Egyptian revolution, Salafis have been trying to promote their belief of keeping women out of the public eye. Salafis are so restrict that on their recent campaign banners they used flower drawings in place of their female candidates’ images. Another example of Salafis attitude towards women is that Salafi clerics refuse to do face-to-face TV interviews with female hosts unless it’s done under certain conditions. They only appear on the talk shows if the female host is wearing a headscarf, or if the show producers place a barrier between the clerics and the female hosts preventing direct eye contact.
Aliaa Magda Elmahdy explains her agenda behind posting nude photos of herself in her blog. She wrote that the photos are “screams against a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy.” According to MailOnLine.com, defending her action Aliaa Magda Elmahdy wrote in her Arabic blog:
‘Hide all art books and smash naked archaeological statues. Then take off your clothes and look at yourselves in the mirror, then burn your body that you so despise to get rid of your sexual complexes forever, before subjecting me to your bigoted insults or denying my freedom of expression.’
Aliaa Magda Elmahdy Nude Photo
The controversial photos have caused her blog to receive more than 1.5 million hits since the day the images were uploaded. Many have left insulting comments on her blog opposing her action. Nudity is very much frowned upon in the Middle East, and especially in countries with restricts Islamic laws. Apparently many have asked for her arrest. In her photo, Aliaa is naked wearing only thin black stockings, red shoes, and what appears to be a red bow on the side of her hair. Her blog also contains other images of naked people and nudity.
According to news sources, Elmahdy’s efforts for free expression may be working against her. Because of the upcoming elections, and also the social and religious cultural mix in Egypt, many liberals are distancing themselves from Elmahdy. They are afraid that the controversy and any kind association with Aliaa Magda Elmahdy may taint their campaign.
- Egyptian Feminist Blogger Draws Ire For Nude Photos (blogher.com)
- #NudePhotoRevolutionary (freethoughtblogs.com)
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