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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Aliaa Elmahdy invites Women to Tell their Stories of Giving Up Hijab

Aliaa Elmahdy, diversifying a bit from her fame (or notoriety) as "Egypt's nude blogger,"  has invited women who wore hijab and then gave it up, or still wear it and have thought of giving it up, to send her their stories telling their experiences, why they wore it and why they stopped, or didn't, and before-and-after pictures. lt may not get the attention of a naked picture of a 20-year-old, but it actually does offer some illumination.

Her invitation (Arabic and English) is here  (the adult content warning is due to the original picture of Aliaa nude, on the same site, not the post in question here), and she is posting the resulting stories and photos here (also bilingual). A story on the subject here.

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