This photo, of Egyptian reporter Lamia Hamdin, was uploaded to Facebook on Thursday when a Cairo University student named Mohamed Abdel Nasser saw her interviewing people on his campus.
The original post was taken down by Abdel Nasser, who said he didn't like the misogynist comments his post was attracting, (he had only intended to insult media, as a profession). But on other Facebook pages, debate continued.
Abeer Gamal, an Egyptian mother of two, posted the photo of Hamdin with a comment urging more Egyptian women to take to the workplace.
On Twitter, some compared Hamdin to E.U. lawmaker Licia Ronzulli, who made headlines when she brought her child to a voting session.
Hamdin told BuzzFeed News that she was "shocked by the reaction" online. She said that her son had been released from school early that day, and she had nowhere else to take him. "I was off camera," said Hamdin. "The reaction to this has hurt me."
Sheera Frenkel is a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed News based in San Francisco. She has reported from Israel, Egypt, Jordan and across the Middle East. Her secure PGP fingerprint is 4A53 A35C 06BE 5339 E9B6 D54E 73A6 0F6A E252 A50F
Contact Sheera Frenkel at email@example.com.
Contact Maged Atef at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.