Last year, 20-year-old Egyptian blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy caused a social media frenzy when she posted nude photos of herself on a blog. Why? Because she is an Egyptian woman, and even though she is a self-proclaimed atheist and feminist, many people in the Muslim world saw her as a threat to the women in their own communities. (I experienced this firsthand on Twitter, when following the hashtag #nudephotorevolutionary)
This year, activist Maryam Namazie launched The Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar as a show of support for Aliaa Magda Elmahdy. Launched on March 8, International Women’s Day, the calendar runs from April 2012 to April 2013.
Ms. Namazie says: “What with Islamism and the religious right being obsessed with women’s bodies and demanding that we be veiled, bound, and gagged, nudity breaks taboos and is an important form of resistance.”
The calendar, designed by SlutWalk Toronto Co-founder, Sonya JF Barnett, it features a variety of women of different backgrounds who wished to pose nude to take a stand for freedom. (Including FEMEN activist Alena Magelat.)
Says Ms. Barnett, “I felt that women needed to stand in solidarity with Aliaa. It takes a lot of guts to do what she did, and the backlash is always expected and can quite hurtful. She needed to know that there are others like her, willing to push the envelope to express outrage.”
See some low-resolution images from the calendar after the break. You can also download or purchase it here.
You can read an interview with Maryam Namazie about the calendar here.
Photographers: Julian Baker, Adam Brown, Grzegorz Brzezicki, Lucy Fox-Bohan, Agnieszka Hodowana, Ben Hopper, N. Maxwell Lander, Mallorie Nasrallah, Mark Neurdenburg, Vitaliy Pavlenko, and Michael Rosen