Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Muslims get tits in a tangle

A new Muslim-sensitive edition of Playboy has appeared in the world's most populous Muslim nation that should please all the local and international idiots who favour wowserish puritanism for Muslim women -- the just-launched Indonesian edition lifts the burqah on "midriffs, thighs and cleavage," but contains no nudity. None at all. I swear I am not making this up.

As a poster at Noodle Food says, if you're a Muslim, you really do read Playboy for the articles. Or perhaps, if you're a militant Muslim, you reach for your sword: in a reaction promising to be as intemperate as the one against the Danish cartoonists (now in hiding in fear for their lives), a few are promising to do just that:

"If within a week they are still active and sell the magazine, we will take physical action," said Muhammad Alawi Usman, a spokesman for [Islamic Defenders Front, a hardline faction known for offering violent solutions to moral problems]. "Playboy is not suitable for reading because its contents degrade women."

Don't you just love that characteristically tolerant, caring and reasonable approach to disagreement. Fortunately there were some genuinely reasonable outrage aired on a local radio station:

"It’s sinful to read Playboy if there’s no nudity!" said one caller. "It’s a scandal! There’s no nude women in the magazine. I think we have been deceived," said another.

If they want the real thing, it's not like there isn't plenty of it about in Jakarta. "More explicit photos appear daily in local tabloids," says AsianSirens.Com, so maybe the non-nudity is more about appeasement than anything else.

UPDATE: Turns out that the forces of barbarism have already acted, attacking the Playboy offices in Jakarta.

LINKS: Playboy's Indonesian edition enrages - and disappoints -- Time Online
More Muslim outrage - Noodle Food
Slide Show and Video - Reuters Video, via Yahoo
Tamer Playboy hits Jakarta newsstands - Asian Sirens
Indonesia Muslim hardliners attack Plyboy building - Reuters

TAGS: Religion, Multiculturalism, Politics-World, Sex

3 Comments:

Anonymous Andrew Bates said...

"Playboy is not suitable for reading because its contents degrade women."

... below the level of household chattel?!

I laughed my arse off when I read that.

"What women need is subjugation (or maybe decapitation when those adulterous bitches file a complaint about being gang-raped), but not degradation!"

4/13/2006 01:17:00 pm  
Anonymous ruth said...

You are a total asshat. I feel ashamed that rational people from Emirates etc who read this blog think you are indicative of NZ opinion on Muslims and Islam.

Karma will get you - and xenophobes like you who HATE other cultures, and want to FORCE Western culture and beliefs on others.

BETTER LUCK NEXT REICH BABY.

4/15/2006 07:40:00 pm  
Anonymous Andrew Bates said...

RE Other Cultures: They can keep their songs and dances, they just need to drop the clitorectomies, hangings, stonings, ritualised gang rapings, decapitations and sundry rights violations.

Our culture is better (albeit not perfect) because of the facts of reality; because it recognises and upholds (imperfectly) conditions conducive to man's prospering, not just because I was born here.

The only way Western culture can be forced on backward cultures is by preventing the backward from violating their fellow citizens' rights - i.e. forcing them not to initiate force. It's hypocritical to complain force is being used against you to prevent you using force against another.

Karma won't get me; some mad goat-fucker telling himself and all listening that he was serving LAllah's will might though.

4/16/2006 01:52:00 pm  

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