A group of Iranian women living in exile in Europe hope to help combat repression in their native country by posing nude in a new video.
The International Business Times notes that the calendar is the creation of activist and campaigner Maryam Namazie, and is dedicated to an Egyptian blogger who posted nude pictures of herself to protest sexual discrimination in Islam. The calendar is set to be released on International Women's Day. "Islamism and the religious right are obsessed with women's bodies," Namazie told the paper. "They demand that we be veiled, bound, and gagged. In the face of this assault, nudity breaks taboos and is an important form of resistance."
The calendar and the video come after a partially-nude photo of Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani drew criticism from the Iranian government and the actress was banned from returning to Iran. Farahani has said that her appearances were in protest of Iran's restrictions on how women are allowed to appear in public, according to The Daily Beast.
Radio Free Europe points out that "it's unclear how the video or 'purchas[ing] a copy of the Nude Photo Revolutionary Calendar' would actually 'go towards supporting women's rights and free expression,' as the clip states."
WATCH the NSFW video below: