20-year-old student and activist Aliaa Magda Elmahdy sparked controversy and attracted criticism in Egypt after she uploaded racy photos of herself on her own blog. Aliaa’s deed aimed at making the world aware about the limitation of free speech for the Egyptian people.
Aliaa Magda Elmahdy photos triggers outrage of Egypt’s conservative Islamic world
It is obvious that nudity is harsly forbidden even under art aspects in a country based on Islamic fundaments.
Elmahdy explained first on her blogspot blog that the pictures -which feature her standing and wearing just stockings – can be considered “screams against a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy.”
Aliaa Magda Elmahdy’s website recorded an overwhelming number of visitors, about 1.5 million, since she uploaded the images shortly ago (end of October).
The posting of the images occurs just shortly before the 85-million-people nation prepares for the parliamentary elections on November 28 when the liberals are competing with Islamists.
Aliaa Elmahdy sparks another revolution with pros and cons on Facebook, Twitter, etc
In consequence Elmahdy’s photos caused irritation to liberals who fear their image will be degraded in the eyes of the conservative people. It is understandable regarding the fact that members Members of Salafis Islamic movement in Egypt had already alerted the voters during their campaign that liberals will corrupt Egypt’s morals.
Now tough discussions errupted on Twitter under the hashtag #AliaaPhotoRevolutionary with a flood of “pro and con” comments still posted days after egyptian woman’s pictures spread across the web. One supporter named Ahmed Awadallah, praised her in a Tweet, writing, “I’m totally taken back by her bravery.”
Another supporter, Emad Nasr Zikri, wrote in a comment on Aliaa’s blog, “We must learn how to discriminate between nudity and s…” He added that ahead of fundamentalist current in Egypt, “there were nude models in art school for students to draw.”
Over the social network debates, Aliaa Magda Elmahdy (@aliaaelmahdy) claimed using her real name and that she took the racy pictures by her own. Apparently she uploaded also other spicy photographs and sent various messages about free artistic expression in efforts to warn about issues in Egyptian society.
Update 12/2012: Aliaa Magda Elmahdy (Alia al-Mahdi) in Stockholm protest
Who is Aliaa Ehmandy? CNN Cairo interview about her ideas, life, virginity, islam, etc
Aliaa considers herself an atheist. She has been sharing the last 5 months with her boyfriend, Kareem Amer, who, was put in prison in 2006 before a 4 year jail term in a highly security prison for blaming Islam and the regime of ousted president Hosni Mubarak.
Elmahdy: “After Facebook took down my picture, a male friend of mine asked me if I allow him to post it on Twitter. I agreed his idea because I am not ashamed of being a woman in a society which sees women only as objects harassed on a daily basis by males who don’t know anything about the significance of a woman…” Read the whole interview at CNN.com