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Egyptian women’s rights activist Aliaa Elmahdy isn’t afraid of a little controversy, to put it mildly. For a few years, she’s been issuing bold fuck-yous to the forces of patriarchy and religion, appearing without clothing (and often with slogans on her body) on Facebook and in a Swedish mosque.
On Saturday, Elmahdy, who’s been living in exile in Europe, posted her most daring and controversial photo yet. She is seen squatting over a black ISIS banner that contains the words “There is no God but Allah.” Elmahdy is menstruating on the flag, while a second woman, dressed in an Islamic veil, simultaneously defecates on it while holding up a middle finger to the camera. This is just a crop:
Reason has the unedited picture (insert obvious NSFW text here).According to Liveleak,
Aliaa Magda Elmahdy did not specify why she posted the photo, though past controversies, such as a 2011 incident in which she posed in only stockings and red shoes for her blog — to protest against Egypt’s conservative culture — suggest that she was opposing the Islamic State terror group’s brutally restrictive and misogynistic ideology.
I can hardly wait to hear how outrageous this ultra-defiant image is (especially from people who have hardly said a word about ISIS’ robbing, raping, and murdering their way through Syria and Iraq).
Nick Gillespie at Reason says of the photo:
I fear that Islamic fundies’ target-for-murder list (which includes journalists, cartoonists, and novelists, none of whom match Elmahdi for sheer brazenness) has a new number one — with a bullet.