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Egyptian activist risks her life after posting full frontal nude shot online

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  1. AroundTheWorld

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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/a...nline-sparking-outrage.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

    Foolish act of bravery? Egyptian activist risks her life after posting full frontal nude shot online sparking outrage among Muslims

    Wearing nothing but a pair of stockings, red ribbon in her hair and a pair of flat red shoes, the black and white shot would not look out of place in a nude photography book.

    But this is no ordinary art project. It is the work of a feminist Egyptian activist who is making a bold and potentially dangerous statement.
    Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, a 20-year old university student from Cairo, has sparked outrage in the Middle East with the controversial full-length image, posted on her blog last week.

    It has since received 1.5 million hits and thousands flooded the site with insults. Some denounced Elmahdy as a 'prostitute' and 'mentally sick' or urged police to arrest her.
    Elmahdy's posting is almost unheard of in a country where nudity is strongly frowned upon - even as an art form and could lead to her being jailed.

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    On her arabic blog, Aliaa defends her actions, writing: 'Hide all art books and smash naked archaeological statues.
    'Then take off your clothes and look at yourselves in the mirror, then burn your body that you so despise to get rid of your sexual complexes forever, before subjecting me to your bigoted insults or denying my freedom of expression.'

    But her attempts at protesting limits on free expression may have backfired.
    Rather than garner support from the Liberals hoping to win the November 28th election, they are keen to distance themselves from the blogger.
    They fear she will taint them in the eyes of deeply conservative Egyptians and, ruining their chances at competing with fundamentalist Islamic parties.
    Egypt, a nation of some 85 million people, is polarised between Islamists and liberals ahead of the elections, the first since the February downfall of former President Hosni Mubarak.

    Members of the most hardline Islamic movement, the Salafis, have warned voters that liberals will corrupt Egypt's morals.
    'This hurts the entire secular current in front of those calling themselves the people of virtue,' Sayyed el-Qimni, a prominent self-described secular figure, said referring to Islamists.
    'It's is a double disaster. Because I am liberal and I believe in the right of personal freedom, I can't interfere,' El-Qimni said on Egyptian TV.
    The April 6 movement, one of the most prominent liberal activist groups that led the 18-day uprising against Mubarak, issued a statement denying claims by some on the web that Elmahdy is a member of the group.
    The posting prompted furious discussions on internet social media sites, with pages for and against her put up on Facebook.
    One activist, Ahmed Awadallah, praised her in a Tweet, writing, 'I'm totally taken back by her bravery.'
    A supporter, who identified himself as Emad Nasr Zikri, wrote in a comment on Elmahdy's blog, 'We need to learn how to separate between nudity and sex.'
    He said that before fundamentalist influence in Egypt, 'there were nude models in art school for students to draw'.
    Some 100 people liked his comment.
    Elmahdy and her boyfriend Kareem Amer, also a controversial blogger, have challenged Egypt's social conventions before.
    Earlier this year, they posted mobile phone video footage of themselves debating with managers of a public park who threw them out for public displays of affection.
    Amer spent four years in prison for blog posting deemed insulting to Islam and for calling Mubarak a 'symbol of tyranny'.

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    Kinky.....

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    Awesome and good for her. All these Muslim fanatic ****ers can all die.
     
  5. KingCheetah

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    I predict a lot of "AAAAALLLLLALLLLLALALLLLALLLLLALALLLLLLLLLLALLLL" in her future.
     
  6. esteban

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    Mr Esteban would hit.... if he was still single!
     
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    I was wondering when the first "would hit" post would come. lol
     
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    Risking her life or jail time for illegally posting p*rnography?
     
  9. The Real Shady

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    Not that hot. Go ahead and kill her.
     
  10. AroundTheWorld

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    That's not p*rnography.
     
  11. DonnyMost

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    I don't question her actions as much as the reaction.
     
  12. Dairy Ashford

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    Community standards, plain and simple.
     
  13. AroundTheWorld

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    Exactly.

    It's surprising - though not from pouhe - that some people have it completely backwards.
     
  14. Dairy Ashford

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    Insults and a call to be arrested? That's basically the mid-'70s over here.
     
  15. DaDakota

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    Intolerant religion, intolerant ignorance.

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    Most Muslim women are taught to shave by their moms. I wonder if she is......
     
  17. AroundTheWorld

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    German newspapers did not censor the pictures...try spiegel.de.
     
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    Intolerant DaDakota.
     
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    Most women from that part of the world (including Greece) need to shave their backs, beards and mustaches, too. Them folk be hairy.
     

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