Fury over young activist publishing nude self-photo

In an unprecedented move, a young Egyptian female on Sunday dared to publish a nude photo of herself, along with other nude photos, on her blog as an act of free personal expression.

Aliaa Magda Elmahdy said on her twitter account that she posted the photo under her real name. She also added that she took the photo by herself in her parents’ home.

Her blog, in which the nude picture was published as the only post so far, has received nearly 30 thousand hits.

Under the title “fan a’ry” (nude art), Elmahdy posted eight pictures in the blog, two of them of Elmahdy and one showing a nude man holding a guitar, in addition to other photos.

In one of the photos, yellow rectangles covered parts of her body. “The yellow rectangles on my eyes, mouth and sex organ resemble censoring of our knowledge, expression and sexuality,” Elmahdy said.

On her Facebook page, she said that she was “echoing screams against a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy.”

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