When 24-year-old Nadia Ali started receiving death threats for a film she starred in donning a hijab, she could've been intimidated, but the Pakistani-American porn star used the controversy to speak about female sexuality, especially in Pakistan and the Middle East.
In an interview she then gave to The Daily Beast, she had said, "Growing up I’d hear rumors like, 'That girl’s a slut, don’t let the scarf fool you.' I kept those scenarios in mind. If a Hijabi were to be horny and wanting to fuck how would she fuck? I bring that to life on camera and people get mad about it because they want to keep it modest. I have brown eyes and brunette hair. If I didn’t wear my cultural stuff and picked a name like Sally then I might get famous, but it wouldn’t be interesting. But I do come from a Middle Eastern background, I have the gowns, I celebrate the culture, and speak the language. Coming from an Islamic background and doing this, that’s a taboo. The people are forbidden to see those things."
"I am doing porn as a Pakistani woman for the liberal movement, bringing women in a scarf or a head wrap to the camera. Now it’s no longer behind closed doors. I don’t bring religion into porn. I’ve asked directors to take the word "Muslim" out of porn titles before. For me it’s about the Pakistani culture, not the religion. This year I plan to do a lot of girl-on-girl and solo scenes to show the world that Middle Eastern girls of Pakistani descent really do get horny. Since they are so forbidden to fuck, I want to show how they fuck girls and masturbate. I’m going to bring that to life," she says.
"Growing up, my dad disciplined me to be the smartest, brightest kid, but I was told guys can get away with things and girls can’t. Then it was seeing my sister’s first marriage — how she had to play submissive even after he broke her heart so many times, and she still had to be a good wife and good daughter."
Nadia can't visit Pakistan anymore. She says, "If I were to set foot in Pakistan and people were to recognize me there’d be consequences and I’d rather not take my chances. Being banned won’t stop me from talking."
In a recent interview to Broadly, she said, "In Middle Eastern countries like Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to drive. A girl recently got killed in my country because she helped someone run away to get married. There are women getting killed for having education and creating education for women. If they're dying for the simplest shit, I might as well get banned for the most extreme."
"I am a practising Muslim, What you do is not who you are. I pray in the morning, and I'm an exotic dancer at night," she clarifies.
Ali says that her work is more than porn. "Doing porn was a breakthrough in how women should be able to masturbate; women should be able to do these things. I want to be a voice for women in the world. I am all about the women’s movement and want to help other women take a stand. I also support my fellow men that are part of the positive movement, but I’m against sexual double standards. Being in America, I can be a voice for Islamic women — someone has to be. Even if I have to hit the headline news over and over again in a negative way, then let it be. It needs to be heard, and I am glad I have done these things. Women, you need to be strong and build your own empire, no matter how long it takes. Pass that strength onto your next generation; stick up for your sons and daughters. You don’t need a man to start a revolution."
H/T: The Daily Beast