Different Kind Of Revolution – Last year a youth movement that helped overthrow Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak now faces another battle – distancing itself from a woman who posted nude pictures of herself on a blog.
Last year, 20-year-old Egyptian blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy caused a social media frenzy when she posted nude pictures of herself on her blog “Memoirs of a Revolutionary”. According to Aliaa, she believes she is a Free Egyptian woman & calls her action a scream “against a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy.”
“I have the right to live freely in any place… I feel happy and self satisfied when I feel that I’m really free,” she said.
Aliaa Magda – A Different Kind Of Revolution
The disturbing pictures led to a flurry of criticism on the social networking site Twitter. Many people in the Muslim world saw her as a threat to the women in their own communities, including concerns voiced by liberal activists that the nude photos would be used against them by their conservative opponents.
“Try the nude models who worked in art faculties in the 1970s, hide art books and destroy nude artefacts,” she wrote on her blog.
“Then strip and look at yourselves in the mirror and burn your bodies which you hate so you can rid yourselves of your complexes before directing your racist insults at me,” she wrote.
Ms. Namazie says: “What with Islamism and the religious right being obsessed with women’s bodies and demanding that we be veiled, bound, and gagged, nudity breaks taboos and is an important form of resistance.”
The calendar, designed by SlutWalk Toronto Co-founder, Sonya JF Barnett, it features a variety of women of different backgrounds who wished to pose nude to take a stand for freedom. (Including FEMEN activist Alena Magelat.)
Says Ms. Barnett, “I felt that women needed to stand in solidarity with Aliaa. It takes a lot of guts to do what she did, and the backlash is always expected and can quite hurtful. She needed to know that there are others like her, willing to push the envelope to express outrage.”
YouTube Video in support of Aliaa: Nude Photo Revolutionary Calender
Aliaa Magda Elmahdy who started a new form of revolution have made a great impact on the Muslim world. Many people in the Muslim world are now understanding & supporting this revolution in their very own way. There is no doubt that this will get attention. Naked people always seem to, no matter how many billions of artistic, scientific and erotic nude pictures are available at the stroke of a Google. I guess we’ll just have to wait & see what would be the future of such revolution.