Universitatea „Lucian Blaga“ din Sibiu, Facultatea de Ştiinţe Socio-Umane
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3 / 2016
Aliaa Magda Elmahdy – The Body as Manifesto
During the Arab Spring, the nude photograph of the student Aliaa Magda Elmahdy has gone viral shortly after it was posted on her personal blog. Millions of views have demonstrated the polarity of society based on this image. The entire national political spectrum has harshly criticised her and declared that her action is situated outside of the context of Egyptian protests. However, mass-media has portrayed her as a revolutionary figure. The political message of her self-nude has transcended the interests of Egyptian political parties. Elmahdy quit her studies and decided to go abroad, so that her message of liberation would be accessible to everyone. Thus, the manifesto nude of this Egyptian woman has become convincing for the representatives of moderate female emancipation, as well as for radical feminist representatives.
Keywords: self-nude, sexism, hypocrisy, islamism, corporeality, identity, nude manifesto, public nudity, solidarity.