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Women RisingIn and Beyond the Arab Spring$
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Rita Stephan and Mounira M. Charrad

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479846641

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479846641.001.0001

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Aliaa Elmahdy, Nude Protest, & Transnational Feminist Body Politics

Aliaa Elmahdy, Nude Protest, & Transnational Feminist Body Politics

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(p.161) 18 Aliaa Elmahdy, Nude Protest, & Transnational Feminist Body Politics
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Women Rising
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Karina Eileraas Karakuş

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479846641.003.0019

Women’s bodies represent a particularly contested symbolic terrain, especially within the political contexts of nationalism, globalization, revolution, occupation, and decolonization. Karina Eileraas Karakus asks how we might read women’s naked bodies in protest movements relative to gender and sexuality issues raised within the “Arab Spring” and transnational feminist praxis. By focusing on the “nude Egyptian blogger” Aliaa Elmahdy, who has deployed her naked body as a tool of resistance in cyberspace and on the streets, she argues that Elmahdy’s nude protest marks a moment of transition in the evolution of feminist protest. Within this shifting landscape, this chapter shows how the theater of feminist protest is both expanded and challenged by a new generation of feminists who navigate between conventional street protest and novel modes of cyber-attack while contributing new perspectives to longstanding debates about women’s artistic and political agency and the empowering potentials of female nudity.

Keywords:   Aliaa Elmahdy, transnational feminist praxis, nude protest, Arab Spring

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