To challenge this very obsession, women in several Arab countries are bent on overturning the established order by putting the issue of their bodies at the heart of public debate. They want to show a patriarchal society that a revolution really is going down - and that it won’t be happening without them.
Defiance in Egypt against sexual harassment
This incident sparked public outrage and a spate of political, cultural and artistic (on posters and in graffiti) reactions.
By Yasser Abou Hamed
The blue bra used as a symbol by protesters
Protest rally in Beirut
Al-Mahdi’s unthinkable act of transgression in exposing herself on the web triggered a deluge of anger and indignation in the blogosphere – even in the progressive circles that had mobilised in support of Samira Ibrahim against police violence. What unsettled them most was that this photograph exhorted them to rethink the revolution, to see it as a quest for absolute and unconditional freedom. Some bloggers disparaged it as an excessive act that had more to do with exhibitionism and provocation than with social subversion.
Nadia Boussetta - Tunisia.© DR
Syria: messages of freedom
Syria: The words read 'Freedom in spite of you, Bashar'
Cyberspace and the human body
'White Wave for Syria' (the slogan of a gathering in Paris to mark the 66th anniversary of Syria’s independence)
'My body belongs to me, it is nobody’s honour'