Egyptian blogger Aliaa Elmahdy has been kidnapped twice for posting nude photos of herself.

Shocking Images, Egypt

Aliaa Magda Elmahdy’s blog received 1.5 million hits in a single week in October 2011, after the 19-year-old Egyptian women’s rights activist posted a picture of herself almost naked. The image was condemned by conservative Egyptians and also by liberals, who feared that supporting Elmahdy would hamper their chances of competing with fundamentalist Islamic parties in the November 2011 elections. She received death threats, accusations of prostitution and a legal charge for “insulting the Islamic republic,” before being kidnapped along with her cat. After Elmahdy escaped, she followed up her protest by asking Egyptian women to send photos of themselves unveiled, but received absolutely nothing from women and a barrage of contributions from men, including photos from porn sites.

 



From the pages of COLORS #88 - Protest.