From Ideology to Dogma? A Discussion About Femen, Aliaa Elmahdy and Nudity in the Arab World

From Ideology to Dogma? A Discussion About Femen, Aliaa Elmahdy and Nudity in the Arab World

"In its attempt to liberate Arab women, Femen adopted a framework that reflects a white, racist perspective, instead of taking into consideration theories of intersectionality and realities of social heterogeneity". writes Maya El Helou — Image Credits

Looking at Aliaa Elmahdy’s act of protest through posting naked photos of herself on her blog, this paper studies the debates that followed. I complicate the juxtaposing between Femen’s tactics and Elmahdy’s act of nudity through engaging in questions of feminism/colonialism and feminism/conservatism. By examining articles that were written about Femen, nudity, Muslim women, and body politics, I show that the debates ran the risk of stabilizing feminism within static dogmatic beliefs.

Read the full Article in KOHL: A JOURNAL FOR BODY AND GENDER RESEARCH,VOLUME 1. ISSUE 2, WINTER 2015

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