Beard Phobia

During the 25 January Revolution, Egyptians thought they were united against President Mubarak’s regime. They believed in the power of Tahrir Square, in how the square gathered Islamists, liberals, and leftists together against injustice and dictatorship. People imagined that they would achieve freedom, better economic conditions, and justice. Instead, bloody clashes erupted across the country. Both sides committed atrocities. Victims were frequently attacked because of their appearance. Bearded men were singled out, as it was assumed this was a sign they were devout Muslims. Ironically, some leftist activists and Christians were beaten up for the same reason. But appearances became enough of an excuse for insults, beatings, or even murder. Because of that some Islamists shaved off their beards. I wanted to draw people’s attention to this behavior, and to send out the message that judging people according to their appearance may cause further conflict. One way to do this was by showing a variety of men who felt forced by social pressure to remove their beards

Beard-phobia
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Beard-phobia