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“She is responsible for her acts, and we are devastated by what she did.
As a result, a number of reactionary movements have sprung up for the purpose of rejecting Islamist agenda on women.Two weeks ago, the 19-year-old woman posted topless portraits of herself on Facebook to protest oppression of women in Tunisia, the Arab nation where she lives.Although the nudity offended some, it was the message that stirred up the bigger controversy.This process raises questions about the future of feminism and the advocacy of women’s rights in the Arab world.Tunisian feminist Amina Tyler says that she set out to highlight the issue of women’s rights when she posted topless pictures of herself on the Femen website.Tunisian film director Raja Amari is not afraid to provoke.
Her 2009 film Buried Secrets anticipated the Tunisian revolution of 2011, and for many years she has been waging her own mini-revolution aiming to liberate the female body within the Tunisian film industry.
To make sure that they got the message, she wrote, “My body is mine, not somebody’s honour” in Arabic across her breasts and stomach.
The reality, though, is that she could have just shown her shoulder blade with the same Arabic writing on her flesh and it would have had a greater impact and drawn wider support for the point she was trying to make.
During the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, the contribution of Arab women to the toppling of the Ben Ali and Mubarak regimes was both undeniable and admired.
Yet when Islamist regimes seized power in both countries, such recognition was withheld and replaced with advocacy for a range of oppressive policies for women.
One of these movements, Uprising of Women in the Arab World, became particularly well known.