The Nude Revolutionary Calendar Has Arrived!

Today is International Women’s Day and to get the day off to a good start, the Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar is going to be launched. This calendar is a tribute to Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, the Egyptian blogger who posted nude pictures of herself to protest against sexual discrimination in Islam.

Aliaa, a student of Media and Communication at the American university in Cairo, originally published the pictures to complain against the ban on nude models on Egyptian universities and books.

“Put the models who worked at the Faculty of Fine Arts until the early 1970s on trial,” she told her critics. “Hide art books and smash nude archaeological statues, then take your clothes off and look at yourselves in the mirror. Burn your self-despised bodies in order to get rid of your sexual complexes forever, before directing your sexist insults at me or denying me the freedom of expression.

The calendar is the creation of human rights activist and campaigner Maryam Namazie and was designed by SlutWalk founder Toronto Sonya Barnett.

“Islamism and the religious right are obsessed with women’s bodies,” said Namazie. “They demand that we be veiled, bound, and gagged. In the face of this assault, nudity breaks taboos and is an important form of resistance.”

Barnett adds:

“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.”

For more information and to view and purchase a copy of the Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar, visit Namazie’s blog.

Proceeds from the calendar will go towards supporting women’s rights and free expression.

About katied

Katie is a Child & Family Therapist who works with children who have experienced trauma or abuse. She currently resides in beautiful British Columbia, Canada.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tiffany-Jade-Brown/640358790 Tiffany Jade Brown

    I saw this yesterday on Pharyngula. I think it’s wonderful, and the calendar is very well done.

  • Anonymous

    Should get some nude males too, since they are as uncomfortable with their own bodies as they are with female bodies.

  • http://twitter.com/Cafeeine Cafeeine

    I noticed Hemant’s book makes a cameo appearance in the calendar.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

      Noticed that, too! Honored to be part of the calendar :)

  • Fidosent

    I dont understand why are they yelling “sexual discrimination in Islam” … When a Muslim women wears Hijab its Oppression/Discrimination and When a Nun wears similar dress, she is Pious. A christian women doesnt have right to in her Parents propoerty if a male child is present. Whereas Islam gives right to women for the property. Yet these So called self styled “Revolutionistas” yell its discrimination ….

    Holy Qur’an says : “Every Soul shall taste Death ” (Quran : 3:185)

    For Sure they will meet him and be rewarded for they sowed, For God said, its not HIM that’s unjust to mankind, but mankind itself is unjust to HIM …

    think once in your lifetime, R U Doing it right ?


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