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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Analyses of "the Photo" at The Atlantic and The Guardian

That photo I ran yesterday (and run again here) of the woman beaten and stripped in the street by military police, and who was indeed apparently wearing a black abaya before it is pulled up to reveal her bra, has become in the past 24 hours one of the most-seen pictures around the world. Max Fisher at The Atlantic analyzes both the photo and the video of the beating and exposure, and the taboos it breaks in Egypt. 

Ahdaf Soueif performs the same sort of analysis at The Guardian.

If this photo (and the video, which is worse, and which I posted yesterday) doesn't undermine the authority of SCAF, I don't know what will. It should outrage every Egyptian woman. Oh, and every Egyptian man, too.

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