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Blogger Aliaa El-Mahdy is seeing a backlash after a nude photo she took of herself and posted online spreads across the internet

Zeinab El-Gundy, Saturday 19 Nov 2011
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Blogger and feminist Aliaa El-Mahdy has begun to face a backlash in Egyptian society after a nude photo she took of herself and posted online spreads and catches local and international media attention. Lawsuits against her have been filed.

A group of Islamic law graduates reported Aliaa El-Mahdy and her boyfriend, blogger Karim Amer, to the general prosecutor on Thursday, accusing them of spreading immorality and debauchery along with contempt of religion, demanding that they be punished according to Islamic law.

Another lawyer, Nafisa Abdel Fatah, reported El-Mahdy and Amer to the general prosecutor Friday, also accusing them of spreading immorality. Abdel Fatah told Youm7 website that El-Mahdy and Amer encouraged the spread of the nude photo, aside from being lovers outside of wedlock in defiance of religious and social traditions.

Liberal powers and parties in Egypt expressed their concern at the backlash, which comes shortly before parliamentary elections where liberal parties are facing stiff competition from Islamist parties. 

Renowned liberal writer Siyad El-Qamni slammed what El-Mahdy had done, describing her as a mentally disturbed girl. El-Mahdy fired back at on her Twitter account, describing him as a "coward" who backed off from his liberal opinions when he received threats from radical Islamists. 

El-Mahdy, a 20-year-old mass communications student at the American University in Cairo posted the nude photo on her personal blog, “A Rebel’s Scream,” last month. They caught attention when retweeted on the Twitter social network, creating intense debate among Egyptian and Arab Twitter users.

Not less than 2,500,000 have visited El-Mahdy’s blog after the post was initially spread on Twitter.

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Farah
23-11-2011 03:44am
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The complete absurdity of punishing an atheist under Islamic law
Ms Mahdy identifies herself as atheist and NOT a muslim. The Islamic religion, rules and regulations only apply to muslims (as they are the only ones who actually believe in the stuff and adhere to it). So how on earth can these Islamists argue that an atheist be punished under Islamic law??? They by the very definition are NOT muslim and thus under no obligation to follow a religion in which the do not believe. The stupidity of punishing an atheist under Islamic law is comparable to punishing a muslim under Roman Catholic rules, or under Orthodox Jewish laws. Either way, it is incredibly absurd. All these Islamists baying for Ms Mahdy's blood are just sexually repressed individuals who can't stand the thought that a woman is free to post online on HER OWN BLOG whatever content she pleases without asking for their permission.
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Detlef
22-11-2011 07:35am
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Tolerance
It is not so much a question of moral and religion. It is more a question of tolerance. The catholic church is not approving birth control and premarital sexual relationships, some protestant sects in the US do not believe in evolution, while others are in favour of polygamy. Let them all do what they want to do. The world is quite diverse and there is not one solution for all and everybody.(Greetings from Germany)
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Sadi
21-11-2011 02:45pm
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sad but true...
...the bravest Egyptian is a girl. Good for Egypt, good for democracy and freedom of speech
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LL
21-11-2011 01:14am
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Always obsessed with others
Why people in Arab countries are so obsessed to control the live of others?
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adam
21-11-2011 01:13am
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so if you take your clothes off and pose naked online makes you a hero?................ lol in my opinion the title "attention seeking fool" best describes her, i admit there are major problems in egypt and the middle east but posing nude online isnt gonna help them or make progress.
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20-11-2011 10:54pm
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20 yr old nude photos
Private and intimate photos require protection from invasion of privacy, and public use for public policy reasons, public spectacles, and free publicity stunts. Protect this confused young girl and educate regarding private vs. public matters and issues. Privacy matters require protection from intrusions and abuse, public issues require liberties for free expression. Confusing the two private and public areas and issues create a spectacle of negative consequences. Make sure Art for Public Display is labeled Art and keep it clearly separate and differentiated from personal private photoes, expressions about personal-intimacy. and individual private love betweem two consenting adults.
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Mark
20-11-2011 08:54pm
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Aliaa Elmahdy photo
She needs protection.Please do not let anything happen to this brave young woman. I looked at the photo and I am not offended. She is as God made her and nobody should be offended by one of God`s creations, clothed or not.
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Christoph
19-11-2011 11:25pm
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hero
She is a hero, a brave and a beautiful women. The people who hate her just proove how hypocritical and ignorant the Islamic world is. There is no hope for democracy, human rights or any civilicatory progress as long as the Islamic world is dominated by religious zealots with their world view of the 7th century. All the best to her, greetings from Austria!
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SK
19-11-2011 08:05pm
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sacrifice
This nude blogger reminds me of the man in tunis who put his body afire just to make his point. He died, but lit revolutions. Her posing nude is just another form of suicide. Instead of condemning her one should ask: Why was she pushed to do this? In my opinion it is despair due to the threats against women continuously aired by those calling themselves 'salafists' reducing women to sex boxes and promising nothing for them other than banning them from society and basic human rights. This girl can be the daughter, sister or granddaughter of any of us. Putting herself in this most defiant position, just to prove her point is the only thing she could offer, exactly as the man who put himself on fire. This is martyrdom. History will prove it.
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anro
19-11-2011 06:38pm
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Aliaa
I just want to say that everyone does extreme things to get their voice heard. Whether you think it is right or wrong is not the issue... she got her voice heard. Why is it that people who burn themselves to death in tibet are not held with contempt but this girl is? she did the same thing to get her voice her, but her method was different... looks to me as if she was more successful as she has created a huge wave of people discussing this. Well done Aliaa, I do not care if she is a feminist or not... she is rebelling against extremism. Islam is a personal journey and not to be enforced on the mass.
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