An Egyptian blogger is defying the Islamic prudes in her country by taking it all off — and posting the pictures on the web.
Under the heading "fan a'ry," which means nude art, Elmahdy posted several pictures of herself in the buff, including one with strategically placed yellow rectangles. On her Facebook page, Elmahdy wrote that she was "echoing screams against a society of islamic, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy.
A media arts student at the American University in Cairo, Elmahdy took the pictures at her parent's place. Her blog also has a photo of photo seated naked man holding a guitar. While placing provocative pictures on the Web rarely raise eyebrows in the West, in an increasingly conservative Egypt what Elmahdy did fake girls freak an unprecedented act of defiance.
Egyptian women have long enjoyed relatively more personal freedom than their female counterparts in other parts of the Arab world, but a worrying result of the ouster of longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak has been the rise of the Islamic Brotherhood and nude religious parties. Western clothing, once common for middle class women, has given way increasingly to head scarves and more modest attire. Skip to content. Aliaa Magda Elmahdy said it's her body to bare.