When an Egyptian activist posted a nude picture of herself online in protest at the lack of freedom of expression, it sparked outrage in her country. Now, a group of women in Israel have also stripped off in a show of solidarity. Inspired by year-old Aliaa Elmahdy's bold move, the 40 Israelis posed naked for a 'copycat' shot - holding a banner to cover their modesty. The sign read 'Homage to Aliaa El Mahdi. Led by year-old Or Templar, who set up a group on a social networking website inviting women to join her, the girls put their political differences aside to express their support.
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In a naked display of solidarity, 40 Israeli women recently took off their clothes to support an embattled young Egyptian woman who is under fire for posting a nude photograph of herself online. The Egyptian woman, Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, 20, posted the picture and allowed it to be put on Twitter in order to protest sexism and the oppression of women in Egypt. She told CNN that she did it because:. In Egypt, conservatives and Islamists demonized her, and the left disowned her, stating emphatically that she has no connection to the liberation movement responsible for the overthrowing of Mubarak. Lawsuits have been filed against her and there has been political pressure for the government to prosecute her criminally as well. These events highlight the question as to whether displaying the female body provocatively an effective retort to religious fundamentalists who would shroud all women in public.
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Artists have been trying to capture humans in their purest forms since the beginning of time. Renaissance artists would depict us as strong and powerful, Baroque artists would depict us as humble and meek, modern artists depict us as beautiful and elegant, and in almost every art form since ancient Egypt has depicted mankind nude. Unfortunately, in religious countries like Egypt, the usage of nudity in art is not just neglected, but also frowned upon.
Five clay tablets depicting goddesses with their boobs out were uncovered by archaeologists in a 3,year-old city in Israel. The settlement of Rehob, known today as Tel Rehov, once formed part of the Ancient Egyptians' vast empire. Biologist Professor Brian J Ford, author of the book 'Patterns of Sex', said the tablets are typical of fertility symbols seen throughout history. The clay tablets were found alongside a scarab made of a mineral called steatite in a large building. It hasn't been fully excavated yet, but experts said it "appears to have been a large and elaborate public structure". The five carvings found by the team depict naked fertility goddesses, such as Asherah or Ashtarte. The steatite scarab features a hieroglyphic inscription saying it was made for a deceased man named "Amenemhat". He was "scribe of the house of the overseer of sealed items," according to translations carried out by the researchers. These "sealed items" were various products and raw materials dealt with by the city's administration, scientists said.