Egyptian activist Aliaa Magda Elmahdy and an unnamed collaborator have made an incredibly bold statement against the Islamic State (ISIL).
This past Saturday, the exiled Elmahdy posted her most daring and controversial photo yet. She is seen squatting over a black ISIS banner which reads, “There is no God but Allah.”
Elmahdy is menstruating on the flag, while a second woman, dressed in an Islamic veil, simultaneously defecates on it while giving the middle finger to the camera.
According to Liveleak,
Aliaa Magda Elmahdy did not specify why she posted the photo, though past controversies, such as a 2011 incident in which she posed in only stockings and red shoes for her blog — to protest against Egypt’s conservative culture — suggest that she was opposing the Islamic State terror group’s brutally restrictive and misogynistic ideology.
[..] Elmahdy said in the past that her photos “scream against a society of violence, racism, sexism, sexual harassment and hypocrisy.”
When you consider what Theo Van Gogh was killed for and all the violence caused by the Mohammed cartoons, this sort of imagery becomes even bolder and more powerful than it immediately appears.