women on your cover is offensive and pornographic
Having naked women on many of your
covers daubed in slogans does not empower me - it
reminds me of page three models who are said to be
exploited by men/media. It feeds into western ideals
that twerking is good, in my opinion, and loses the
message these girls are trying to make (except look at
her body; she wants to be a porn star. And I am not
religious - yes we get that! It is also a bit clichéd).
Much better to put Iman from a Vogue fashion shoot on
the front - that would make a point without nudity
(assuming you chose the right photo!) Also, having naked
women half draped in the Muslim women’s covering showing
their nude parts is offensive and belittles the women
who choose to cover up...! I find this offensive. Women
have the right to cover up or not. Your pictures and not
just one, encourages pornographic imagery and the
consequences of that - you saying these women want to be
part of this industry under their burkas. I am not a
feminist as defined by some people but a woman and this
is my opinion.
body isn’t obscene; veiling it is
Whilst Islamists often portray their
vile politics as a prescription for the debasement of
women in western societies (i.e. against the Sun’s page
3), their image of women is very much the same as the
pornographic one. It reveals a deep-seated disdain for
female nudity not very different from the tabloids and
rooted in the religious/Islamist point of view.
Clearly, when you are faced with an
Islamic movement that considers you to be worth half of
a man and demands that you be bound, gagged, veiled, and
segregated, then nudity becomes an important form of
resistance and dissent as well as solidarity.
Nudity is the antithesis of veiling.
Of course it is not the only way to resist Islamism and
the veil but it is a very modern way of doing so.
Islamists want us covered up, hidden, and not seen and
not heard; we refuse to comply.
But nudity is not just a protest
against Islamism and religious misogyny. It is
fundamentally a protest against discrimination, the
commodification of women, and the religious and
chauvinistic culture built upon it – which is why it is
on the increase and has been a part of the women’s
liberation movement for some time.
Commodification relies on an
objectified image that is separate from the reality of
women’s bodies, minds and lives. This image is used to
regulate, control and suppress. And this is what
religion and pornography share, albeit in different
forms. The actuality and frankness of women’s bodies as
a form of protest challenges and upsets both. Nudity
outrages and offends because of this very challenge.
What makes nudity radical and
progressive is also that it gives a practical response.
And it is taboo-breaking in the most progressive sense
of the word since progress often comes as a result of
offending deeply held and misogynist views and
And nudity as a form of protest is
relevant everywhere since male chauvinism and the
commodification of women is deeply-rooted everywhere.
Even in a majority of western countries, women still
cannot appear topless in beaches or parks as can men.
Breastfeeding in many public places is considered taboo.
This gives the nude protests universal significant. Nude
protest addresses deep-rooted discrimination against
A woman’s body isn’t
obscene; veiling it is.