Egyptian Atheist risks her life and poses nude for freedom and human rights!

I absolutely admire this young brave lady and her boyfriend for standing up against tyranny. In a country that has Islamic fervor, these brave young individuals have sent a statement to those who value freedom to not be afraid of speaking up for your values. And what are those values? FREEDOM. Deciding what to do with your life and how to express yourself. I stand with these brave young souls for 110% - and this is coming from an Iranian who is pushing for the demands and rights of the Iranian people: true secular democracy. We are ideologically similar on our values. FREEDOM FOR ALL!

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http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2011/11/egypt-feminist-nu...

Egyptian activist posts nude photos to protest repression

REPORTING FROM CAIRO -- A 20-year-old Egyptian feminist and political activist has startled the nation by posting a nude self-portrait on her blog, calling her action a scream “against a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy.”

The protest by Aliaa Mahdy was viewed as a provocative move against the ruling military council and the rising influence of Islamist parties that are expected to win a major share of seats in upcoming Egyptian parliamentary elections. The images test the bounds of expression in a Muslim-dominated nation that considers itself moderate but prides itself on piety.

The blog of photographs, including one showing Mahdy facing the camera wearing only thigh-high stockings, red shoes and a red bow in her hair, reportedly has had more than 1.5 million hits since it was posted this week. While winning praise in some quarters, it has also been condemned elsewhere and has raised concerns that it needlessly incites Islamists against secularism at a time of intense political turmoil.

“I bow my head in respect,” wrote Sami on Mahdy's site. “There is a little to no point in you arguing with fellow Egyptians, brainwashed since birth by a vile religion and a deep rooted hypocrisy ingrained in them. Just please be extra cautious. . .we don't want to see you stabbed by a pathetic ‘jihadi’ or hear that you had to flee Egypt to asylum. Best of luck.”

Others criticized Mahdy for jeopardizing the civil freedoms young activists called for during the uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak this year. The post was unprecedented in a country where about 90% of the population is Muslim and most women wear headscarves.

Mahdy wrote on the blog, titled "memories of a revolutionary: nude art," that she was practicing her right of freedom of expression.



"These photos have nothing to do with neither art nor the revolution," wrote Twitter user AhmdAlish.

Magued Ghoraba wrote: "We are defending secularism for innuendos and then we get this #NudePhotoRevolutionary. Stop shocking people to the point of repulsion."

Mahdy's protest was the latest sign of frustration among secular activists increasingly convinced that the Egyptian revolution has stalled and left the nation far from democracy.

Weeks ago, activists posted their wills on Twitter after thugs and military police killed more than 20 demonstrators. This frustration has been heightened by the widening political voices of ultraconservative Islamists who want to expand the role of Islamic sharia law in the country's constitution.

Egypt practiced a relative liberalism during the early decades of the last century until the early 1970s, when millions turned to conservative Wahabi and Salafi Islamic beliefs in the face of political, social and economic setbacks. Nowadays it's unacceptable for many Egyptians to see a girl "dressed inappropriately" in the streets of the capital, much less posting nude self-portraits.

Mahdy, an atheist, was defiant, telling her detractors: "Get rid of your sexual complexes for good before directing your ... abuses towards me or deny me the right of freedom of expression."

-- Amro Hassan and Jeffrey Fleishman in Cairo

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Tags: Egypt, democracy, freedom, human, rights, secularism, women's

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Comment by Sentient Biped on November 20, 2011 at 8:11pm

Oh, not wanting to derail - the Fair Use discussion and rules are here.

Comment by Sentient Biped on November 20, 2011 at 7:35pm

I admire her too.  And she's atheist!  She's probably in danger....    I hope not.

 

A friendly reminder, Copyrite laws and Ning requirements, dictate that we can only have brief qoutes or paraphrased summaries - not copy and past of long articles.  see Terms of Service (button below) and Fair Use discussions (wikipedia).    I find these laws and regulations confusing, and I am not a lawyer or exert, but copying a significant section seems to violate at least the spirit of the law and terms of service.  It's not much more difficult to give a brief description or isolated quote, then a link with the originator's web site.  That gives them we hits, helps pays for their article, and possibly leads people to use those sources more, generating income.

 

(For what it's worth, I find it annoying when people post nothing BUT a link, either to their own blog or to other source material, without a comment.  Or a teaser with a link that itself is secondary, tertiary, quaternary, or worse, reportage)

 

Sorry to be a wet blanket, and for the off-topic, but self-policing helps keep this site available for all.  Thanks.

Comment by Jonah on November 20, 2011 at 5:22pm

Great. If Muslims stopped oppressing their sexual desires, they wouldn't have so much built up frustration

Comment by Loren Miller on November 20, 2011 at 3:16pm

Whoa ... some serious thrausos (Greek - GUTS!) there.  I hope for her sake it can be constructive.

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