Egyptian activist protests nude in new secularism stunt

December 21, 2012

Dubai, Dec 21 (ANI): An Egyptian nudist feminist who caused fury among the country's conservatives for posing nude last year has struck again, this time she is protesting outside the Egyptian embassy in Stockholm.

Twenty-two year old Egyptian activist Aliaa Magda Al Mahdy was pictured fully nude, holding up an Egyptian flag outside the embassy on Thursday staging a protest against Egypt's draft constitution which said by critics to be too Islamist-leaning, the Gulf News reported.

With her were two bare-breasted members of Swedish feminist organisation Femen, known for its topless activism and use of sexual imagery, who held anti-religious placards over their private parts.

Slogans targeted Egypt's president Mohammad Mursi, Islam, and religion in general.

A mock Quran was pictured lying on the floor beside the placards outside the embassy.

In one picture, three activists posed with mock copies of the Quran, the Bible and the Torah held over their private parts.

Slogans painted on their bodies read "Apocalypse by Mursi", "Sharia is not constitution" and "Yes secularism".

A student at the American University of Cairo, Al Mahdy gained fame and notoriety after she published a nude picture of herself on her blog Muthakkarat Tha'ira (Memoirs of a Revolutionary) under the title "screams against a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy."

Viewership of her blog shot up from 10,000 to 110,000 visitors within two days of the posting. (ANI)