Student, atheist and blogger, Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, 20, posted nude photos of herself on her blog to show her ‘screams against a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy’. Showing her body, particularly at a time when Islamists in Egypt are securing power, is the ultimate act of rebellion. Don’t forget Islamists despise nothing more than a woman’s body. to them, women are the source of corruption and chaos and must be covered up at all times and not seen and not heard.
And whilst Islamists have taken legal action against Aliaa and her blogger boyfriend for ‘violating morals, inciting indecency and insulting Islam,’ the move has immediately been endorsed by campaigners and people across the globe.
In homage to Aliaa and in order to raise our ‘screams’ against misogyny and Islamism and for free expression and women’s rights, a #NudePhotoRevolutionaries Calendar will be published.
Here is an updated list of terms and conditions:
* Women and men 18+ are invited to send in submissions for inclusion.
* The submission must include a short quote on why you are supporting Aliaa and joining the ‘scream’.
* You will need to show your face in the photo and provide a full name.
* The photos must feature real and not implied nudity as it is real nudity that is considered taboo.
* It needs to address an issue pertaining to free speech, secularism or rights and against misogyny and Islamism.
* The photo must be professionally taken and not published anywhere else. It can be a self-portrait.
* It has to be of high quality and no less than 300 dpi, at a size of 11×17.
* The photo should be in black and white.
* The photos should be free from massive Photoshop manipulation.
* The photographer will be credited.
Once we receive your photo, we will ask you and the photographer to sign a release form if we decide to use it.
The deadline for submissions is 1 March 2012 but it would be helpful if we could get submissions in by end January. The sooner we get all the photos, the sooner we can design the calendar and get it out, preferably for 8 March, International Women’s Day.
For more information on the calendar, please contact Maryam Namazie at email@example.com.