Aliaa Elmahdy Challenge
The twenty-year old Egyptian Aliaa Elmahdy has courage to sell and if her nude photos were not posted on a blog in an Islamic country, they wouldn’t certainly have had the same resonance.
The student in ‘media and communication’ at the American University of Cairo describe herself as an “individualistic and atheistic” and have launched a challenge against the Islamic conservatives in her country. On his Facebook profile, Aliaa appears as the companion of Karim Amer, an Egyptian blogger condemned in 2007 for insulting Islam and also launches a call for Maikel Nabil release, another blogger detained in prison for criticizing the military police. She says, “I am angry for a violent, racist and sexist society “, and adds: “Look in the mirror. Why do you hate your body? You must have a problem with your sexuality “.
With regard to the censorship rectangles placed deliberately on the photos, she states: “The yellow rectangles on my eyes, mouth and sex organ resemble the censoring of our knowledge, expression and sexuality”.
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