Video: Exiled Iranian women pose nude to protest against sexual oppression.

Video: Exiled Iranian women pose nude to protest against sexual oppression.

'The Nude Revoluntionary Calendar.'

 

 

 

 

‘I believe in the equality of women and men’ and ‘my thoughts, my body, my choice’.

The above words are part of a slogan courtesy of a group of Iranian women who have taken to creating a new video that is meant to be a defiant message to Iranian leaders who have in essence condoned oppressive discrimination towards women in their home country.

The video which depicts the participating women in the nude was released in tandem with International Women’s day on March 8th in the hopes of boosting sales of their project, ‘The Nude Revoluntionary Calendar.’

The video comes as a tribute to an Egyptian woman, Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, a 20 year old university student who last year incited Islamic authorities when she chose to release a full length picture of herself on her blog in the nude to bring attention to what she deemed to be her right to do so or not and not that of authorities. The blog posting led to the woman being denounced as a ‘prostitute,’ and bombarded with insults across the Middle East.

The Iranian actress, Golshifteh Farahani who in part this video nude calendar was also inspired by was last year banished from Iran for daring to pose nude in a black and white art photo whilst abroad. The image was initially published in Madame Le Figaro.

Reiterates Maryam Namazie, who produced the calendar:

‘Islamism and the religious right are obsessed with women’s bodies. ‘They demand that we be veiled, bound, and gagged. In the face of this assault, nudity breaks taboos and is an important form of resistance.’

Ultimately one is inspired to wonder to what degree faith based doctrine cultures impose discrimination on the equality of genders (would religious leaders be up in arms if the nude subjects were male?) and why such discrimination is indeed tolerated. Curious to explore how attitudes towards women both in the West and the Mid East stack up this author decided to guage a variety of reader’s reactions from various blogs that have written on the subject. Some of the comments were quite revealing indeed:

Video: Exiled Iranian women pose nude to protest against sexual oppression.

dailymail.co.uk: Sure it’s an individual’s right to decide whether or not they want to be publicly shown naked. But most women aren’t interested in this. Most importantly what they should have a right to is an education, the right to determine how they make a living, other than being dependent on a male and the right to be respected as intelligent human beings and not just available for the gratification of men to be bartered for dowries. Then again, there are some who think equality means lowering themselves to the worst male behaviour such as swearing, getting drunk and being promiscuous. That is what choice means.

 

huffpo: What a sad day it is when women have to resort to antics of this sort to gain attention for their/a cause. Actually, infact it is not at all difficult to perceive what is in fact going on here. I wonder who put them up to it! The “exploiters” will use any and every reason for advancing their agendas. Fools fall for it. Foolish women fall for it. Intelligent, smart, clever women don’t. If I were an Iranian woman, I would not stand for their sisters being exploited in this manner. There are more honorable ways of standing up and fighting for a cause. I pity these women and curse the people who exploit humanity;man or woman, for their own ends.

 

I am missing the point. Why do they have to protest naked? Even in the USA they will through you in jail for this stuff.

A number of the commenters on this thread attempted to belittle or shame these women for doing this…which proves that gender repression is thriving in America, the OTHER theocracy. If someone can explain to me how the human breast is shameful or needs to be hidden, I’m willing to listen. Warning: Anyone who attempts to use the mythology of the Bible merely proves my point.

 

There’s a HUUUGE difference between baring your breasts for commercial reasons, and for political reasons. One might flip the premise and say, “when you HAVE to hide your breasts or face punishment, then baring them becomes mandatory political resistance”. None of the women in the video were attempting to arouse sexual thoughts, so why the would it bother you, unless you think there’s something “wrong” with baring your breasts. Let me assume you’re American. Am I right? It’s like the last Western country on Earth that considers the baring of breasts illegal or immoral….which of course, puts it in the company of the repressive nations of Islam.

Video: Exiled Iranian women pose nude to protest against sexual oppression.

And then there was this interesting comment courtesy of Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty:

“Nudity is primitivity.”

Look to the human history, from the arcaic times to modern ages.

Nobel men and women clothed every time. Only prostitutes, slaves, poor peasants… were nude. Covering the body with a clothe, making secret for others is = freedom. But being nude, showing your body parts (specially women body) is immoral thing. Only slaves have not right be clothed. 

All celestial religions orders to women, be clothed, protect your honour from “others”. Religions order women, be clothed, its good to protect your honour, saving your female value. 

İslam is earthly and etheral religion. İslam is every point of life, Muslims can not be “laic”. And can not leave life system to secular monsters. İf you do not love İslam, you can enter another religion. İf you do not love do not stay, go, but do not try to change a religion’s borders.

Video: Exiled Iranian women pose nude to protest against sexual oppression.

Video: Exiled Iranian women pose nude to protest against sexual oppression.

Aliaa Magda Elmahdy-Egyptian activist.

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  • F. Adamo

    Breast shame is a complex issue, and above all a health issue. My documentary “Girl Becomes Woman” describes how breast shame develops, who profits from it, and what can be done about it.

  • Vivamass

    @ F. Adamo – where can I see or read about your documentary, please?

  • Majid Bakhtiary

    Well done you great & brave ladies. As an Iranian man I am very proud of you. Well done

  • Ali

    You are confused. A nun CHOOSES her lifestyle, and can leave it without repercusions. Property does not necessarily go to male heirs.

    You are resorting to manufactured information to support the belief system you have been forced to believe in, but for which you are beginning to doubt. This is the last desperate step before your most important choice: to acknowedge truth or become a zealot and ignore truth. Are YOU going to do it right?

    I am not telling you what to believe in; I am telling you what you are obviously conflicted about, and what the next step in the resolution of that conflict will be. Good luck to you.