On this March 8, I wish a happy International Women’s Day to all women AND MEN. Let me preface my remarks by saying that I am a gay man who is 100% pro-feminist, pro-choice, you-name-it.
But a recent development has confused me to the point where I do not know whether I should shit or wind my watch.
For the past 40 years, I have been told that pretty much all pornography, nudity or erotica involving women was sexist and oppressive. Playboy, Penthouse, Hustler, it made no difference. They were all examples of men demeaning women. The fact that the women in these magazines were consenting adults who did this voluntarily for pay made no difference.
For some reason, the same logic did not apply to gay erotica. Perhaps it was because the actors were all male, or because feminists, who tend to be liberal/leftist, did not want to hassle an already-oppressed minority. At any rate, male gay porn always got a free pass in this debate.
But now, suddenly, what appears to be a group of revolutionary Iranian women have just yesterday launched an “empowering” calendar in which they appear naked to strike a blow for feminism.
Some Iranian women have released a video on YouTube pledging their support to the Nude Revolutionary Calendar. The hashtag for the project, #nudephotorevolutionary, is already trending on Twitter.
Here is the YouTube link. - YouTube
I note that the Youtube video, which was just posted yesterday, has already generated several pages of comments, with Muslims and westerners shouting insults at one another.
Apparently, this is being done in support of 20-year-old Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, who triggered a controversy in the Arab world in November when she published a series of naked pictures of herself on her blog under her real name in a protest against Islamic extremism. Aliaa, a student of Media and Communication at the American university in Cairo, originally published the pictures to complain against the ban on nude models on Egyptian universities and books.
Here is an article about this calendar from the International Business Times. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/310411/20120307/nude-photo-revolutionary-calendar-aliaa-magda-elmahdy.htm
So, what about it? Have pictures of naked women now become a pro-feminist thing?
Me is confused!