Here’s another photo from Iran via Kian Azar in support of the Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar and corresponding video. The signs on the wall say: ‘No to Hejab’, ‘I am not someone’s honour’, ‘Women=Men’, ‘No to Stoning’, ‘Down with the Islamic Republic of Iran’, and what seems to say ‘No to gender apartheid’. The woman on the left has ‘Down with the Islamic Republic of Iran’ written on her body and is holding a sign that has political Islam crossed out. The woman on the right is holding a sign, which says: ‘I am a woman’. Together they are holding a sign which says: My choice, my thoughts, my body’…

Obviously they cannot show their faces because it would mean a death sentence to do so.

By the way, I will write a comprehensive response to address opponents of the calendar after my panel discussion tomorrow night at the National Theatre.

The calendar and corresponding video have received a lot of media coverage. Below is a list of many of them:

Des féministes posent nues pour soutenir la liberté des femmes, Gentside, 16 March 2012 [external link]

Iranian women pose topless for those who can’t, Forbes, 14 March 2012 [external link]

Tutte nude nel nome di Aliaa, l’Espresso, 13 March 2012 [external link]

Mideast women’s rights movement comes into focus, Jewish News1, 10 March 2012 [external link]

İranlı kadınlardan çıplak protesto, Radikal, 10 March 2012 [external link]

Nude Calendar protests Muslim oppression of women, Care2, 9 March 2012 [external link]

Freedom unveiled: Iranian women strip to slam repression, RT, 9 March 2012 [external link]

Iranianas gravam vídeo nuas em protesto contra opressão sexual, Terra Brasil, 9 March 2012 [external link]

Féminas pitean con calendario entero piluchito, La Cuarta, 9 March 2012 [external link]

Iranerinnen demonstrieren nackt gegen Unterdrückung, Bild, 9 March 2012 [external link]

Des feministe posent nues pour un calendrier, 20 minutes online, 9 March 2012 [external link]

Mujeres iraníes se desnudan en protesta contra la oppression, Terra Chile, 9 March 2012 [external link]

Aktivis Perempuan Iran Beraksi Tanpa Busana, Inilah, 9 March 2012 [external link]

Aktivistice se skinule do gola za calendar, Vijesti, 8 March 2012 [external link]

8 marzo: donne su Twitter, tra impegno sociale e politica, Panorama, 8 March 2012 [external link]

Aliaa ElmahdyDes féministes posent nues en hommage à Aliaa Elmahdy, Le Monde, 8 March 2012 [external link]

Iranian women undress to protest their role as second class citizens, France24, 8 March 2012 [external link]

Nackt, mutig, selbstbestimmt: Der Körper als Waffe, Spiegel Online, 8 March 2012 [external link]

Il nudo rivoluzionario delle donne arabe, Italian AgoraVox, 8 March 2012 [external link]

‘My body, my choice’: Exiled Iranian women pose nude for video in protest against sexual oppression in their native country, Daily Mail, 8 March 2012 [external link]

Iranian Women go naked to oppose repression, NOW Lebanon, 8 March 2012 [external link]

Nues pour la revolution, Liberation, 8 March 2012 [external link]

Iranian Activist Likens Nude Revolutionary Calendar to Topless Tabloid, IBTimes UK, 8 March 2012 [external link]

Iranske kvinner kaster klærne, Norwegian NK, 8 March 2012 [external link]

Egypte – Le calendrier nu des féministes du monde entire, SlateAfrique, 8 March 2012 [external link]

Calendarul care le-ar fi putut aduce condamnarea la moarte. Un grup de iranience au pozat nud, Adevaril, 8 March 2012 [external link]

Phụ nữ Iran ngực trần phản đối Đạo Hồi hà khắc, Xaluan, 8 March 2012 [external link]

International Women’s Day 2012: Nude Calendar Tribute to Blogger Aliaa Magda Elmahdy, IBTimes UK, 7 March 2012 [external link]

Topless Iranian women say no to political Islam, Digital Journal, 7 March 2012 [external link]

International Women’s Day 2012: The Nude Revolutionary Calendar, International Business Times, 7 March 2012 [external link]




  1. First of all, normally remind yourself on the Islamic dress code. Your clothes really should be lengthy, loose fitted and not transparent. Muslim females really should also cover their heads using a head scarf (hijab).

  2. I am a fully knowledgeable Muslim & have read a bit of other Abraham religions as well. I must say that there is no concept of honour killing in any of these religions. Yes unfaithfulness to your spouse has strict punishment & that is same for both genders. The purpose is to heighten the importance of marriage which in turn provide security to childern & security to each partner in bad times & especially in old age – which is a good thing.

    As far as pardah or veil is concerned its purpose is also to ensure faithfulness. As men & women are not allowed to offer any sexual service to anyone except spouse & revealing costumes offer visual sex to the world.

    In Abraham’s religions female is subjected to too few responsibilities but at the cost of submission to her related men. Which is fair bcz if you take less responsibilities you deserve less rights & freedoms. SIMPLE.

    I am not arguing that western system is unfair either, as it puts equal burden of responsibilities on women as men & gives them equal rights & freedoms.

  3. Dear Maryam Namazie,

    I wish everybody else among us could learn so much COURAGE, HONESTY and DEVOTION from you! You are a fabulous role-model for every activist! I admire your lovely personality!

    Khosro G. (from Belgium)

  4. Maryam Namazie,

    You are a great hardworking and devoted activist! Keep up the good work! We love you!

    Khosro G.

  5. Thank you for the updates on the press attention to this important action. “Forbes” is usually considered to be of U.S. origin, but I notice that there are no others in your list. Have you any links to news articles originating in the U.S.? If not, have you any suggestions on how Americans may assist in garnering U.S. press attention?

      1. salam,khanum maryam agar shuma inqadr hamiee in zanan lukht hasti chara axe barhany shuma deday namishad lutfan baray man irsal numayeed

  6. I have huge respect for these women & each message they convey. It is heartwarming & inspiring to see their bold defiance of oppression & their pride in their dignity as human beings.

  7. Steve, it’s about seeing women as property. If your property misbehaves, it’s a reflection on you.

  8. The honor concept in Islam is something I just don’t get. In the west, there are sometimes cases where a girl takes up a western lifestyle and gets a boyfriend. Then she may be killed by her father or – usually – her brothers. Sometimes it’s for having sex at all. But sometime’s is seems to be for dating a non-Muslim.

    I can understand disapproving of that, but thinking that killing her would make everything better and make the family look better is completely fucked up

    1. Steve,

      You`re right! That is the stupidest thing in the world! It all comes from the superstiopn and the ignorance that all Abrahamic reliogiond bring. I look forward to a day when all these dirty stupid religions are eradivated from the face of the earth so that human beings can all have a sigh of relief and live their lives free from such a shuddering terror!

      1. Your wish for religion to end will soon be realized. Why does everyone keep on religiously trying to get rid of the designer and maker, commonly titled God, when the problem lies with religion, none of which are of his initiative and making. Religion is the greatst plague bequeathed to mankind by power hungry, greedy humans. It has spilled more human blood than any medically adverse condition and is entirely of human origin, via family and tribe. There is no religion from God, past present and future. Instead the ugly face of yet another religious institution is paraded before humanity: Atheism. My appeal to all secular authorities and governments is to get rid of religious institutions -not the poor suckers beholden to their nonsense- using whatever powers at their command. By all means retain REASON and remove the mindset of a set mind on either side of the religious divide through education, but rid the world of Religion. It will be the only way to achieve the biblical Peace on Earth without the Boot Hill to all Men rider.
        -more detail on my site:

    2. Sorry, I typed very fast and didn`t look down at the keyboard! typo corrections:


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