Egypt’s Naked Blogger Is a Bomb Aimed at the Patriarchs in Our Minds

November 18, 2011
( Aliaa Mahdy h/t UKGuardian and Libra Bunda) 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 hangups before you direct your humiliation and chauvinism and dare to try to deny me my freedom of expression”.

If they only knew at the Guardian what kind of reverse situation we have in the West. Men are denied their freedom to express themselves in the name of feminism… but BRAVO to those who understand proportion and moderation

It was in Egypt, after all, that the ruling military junta stripped women of both headscarves (detained female activists were made to strip) and hymens when it subjected them to “virginity tests” last March, by which a soldier inserted two fingers into their vaginal opening. What are the military’s “virginity tests“, but a cheap tactic to humiliate and silence? When sexual assault parades as a test of the “honour” of virginity, then posing in your parents’ home in nothing but stockings, red shoes and a red hair clip is an attack towards all patriarchs out there.

I’m not drawing a pure direct parallel. Obviously the situation in the West is reactionary; intending to protect women,.. (though at times is downright racist and a means to further power when there are few male heirs in a culture because of low birth rate in the West).


Fury Over Young Activist Publishing Nude Self-portrait

November 16, 2011
(Libra Bunda) AL-MASRY AL-YOUM: In an unprecedented move, a young Egyptian female on Sunday dared to publish a nude self-portrait, along with other nude photos, on her blog as an expression of personal freedom. Aliaa Magda Elmahdy said on Twitter that she posted the photo under her real name. She added that she took the photo by herself in her parents’ home. Her blog, which has only one entry so far, has received nearly 30,000 hits. Under the title “fan a’ry” (nude art), Elmahdy posted eight pictures, two of herself and one showing a nude man holding a guitar, in addition to other photos. In one photo, yellow rectangles cover parts of her body. “The yellow rectangles on my eyes, mouth and sex organ resemble the censoring of our knowledge, expression and sexuality,” Elmahdy said. » | EE staff | Sunday, November 13, 2011 – THE WASHINGTON POST: Egyptian activist’s nude self-portrait causes online fury » | Maura Judkis | Monday, November 14, 2011 – NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Muslim artist defies Islamic prudes by baring all on the web: Strips despite her country’s conservative culture » | Corky Siemaszko | Tuesday, November 15, 2011 – 1 Lien en relation avec ce sujet »