Thursday, April 28, 2011

First Muslim Poses for Playboy. Is this real liberation?

"Girls, we don't have to live according to the rules imposed upon us...For years I subordinated myself to various societal constraints. The Playboy photo shoot was a total act of liberation." German/Turkish actress and model Sila Sahin declared, defending her recent 12 page spread in Playboy.

Her parents are horrified and Sahin's mother has cut off contact. Sila Sahin, the 25-year-old star the German soap opera "Good Times, Bad Times," has been called a "whore" and a "western slut" on Islamic web message boards, claiming Sahin was "shaming Muslim womanhood" and "prostituting herself for money," while others warned that she "needs to be very careful." Another commenter simply said, "She must pay," according to the UK's Sun newspaper.

From a German paper
"Muslims are absolutely not allowed to do something like that", said Furkan, the owner of a small kebab restaurant in Bonn.

Asked what he would do if Sahin were his sister or daughter, Furkan was unequivocal.

"I would kill her. If I were to see pictures like that, I would kill her. I really mean that. That's not something for me, not for my culture. I was raised differently. That doesn't fit with my culture."

For Sila, however, this was an act of rebellion akin to Che Guevera.

I have mixed feelings about this. Yes, its empowering after years, no, after generations of oppression to take control of your own body. But is this really the way?


  1. Sat Sri Akal!

    This very strange Muslim attitude regarding the Divinely created form of a human being is odd. In my humble opinion, it reflects a societally expressed fear of both female and Gay sexuality. But, I ask you, are we not all as we were created, with Divine intent?

    Sandeep Singh

  2. Fafa, I have mixed feelings. I don't think this is a positive or healthy thing for a woman to do, but I wish her family could be more accepting.

  3. 1st muslims on playboy were Moroccans sorry!
    Yasmina Filali and Touriya Haoud