Egypt’s controversial “Nude Blogger” Aliaa al-Mahdy on Monday asked women who want to remove their veils to send her photographs to publish them online. It comes only weeks after she posted a full-frontal image of herself on her blog, sparking massive criticism from both liberals and conservatives alike in Egypt.
Mahdy called on women to send photos of themselves with and without the veil, their reasons behind having worn the veil and why they took it off as well as the reactions of others after they had removed it.
“Women who were veiled and took off the veil and women who are veiled and want to take off the veil, send me all or some of these items … if you agree to publish them,” Elmahdy wrote on her blog A Rebel’s Diary.
Mahdy sparked controversy last month when she posed completely nude and posted the photo on her personal blog. She wrote on her website that it was an act of protest, but both liberals and conservatives have condemned the move.
Now, she faces a court case over the image, which has already been viewed over one million times and rising.
“The old constitution and the new declarations of the new one says Islamic law is the source of governing, therefore we asked for Islamic law penalties to be executed on the two bloggers,” Ahmed Yehia, coordinator of the coalition told Bikyamasr.com.
“It is an insult to the revolution as these two persons who pretend to be one of the revolutionists and asking for sexual freedoms, they are giving the uprising a bad name,” he continued.
By Joseph Mayton