"The paradox that Egyptian blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy revealed was that her nude pictures were more of a nightmare for liberals than for conservatives. The controversy over Aliaa’s pictures posted on her blog, Memoirs of a Revolutionary, is one that no Arab advocate of free speech wishes to face as he/she can not defend what the young blogger did without going completely against social norms.
It is as if Aliaa broke the last taboo in the trilogy of taboos in Egypt. The first was religion (blogger Kareem Amer was accused of contempt of religion), the second military power (blogger Maikel Nabil called for an end of compulsory military service), and then came sex, with a nude picture of Aliaa. (...)
The models that Aliaa, Amer and Maikel represent are not trivial; they are not rebels without a cause. A careful look at their blogs reveals a consistent position. All three of them have clear and critical views of religion and of patriarchal authority and they all sympathize with minorities. Reading the hundreds of comments on Aliaa’s pictures says more about those who feel “outraged” than about her. One expects to see comments that reflect moral outrage or that dish out religious advice or that accuse her of engaging in pornography in the name of “nude art.”" (Mohammed Kheir/alakhbar)