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Turkish woman will become the first Muslim to pose for Playboy

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Sila Sahin is a twenty-five-year-old Turkish-German actress from Berlin, star of German soap Good Times, Bad Times, who recently posed for the May cover of German Playboy, exposing both her right breast and the close-mindedness of her family. Sahin's own mother has ostracized her, and she fears the reactions of her extended family. As a Muslim woman with a conservative upbringing, the actress wanted to send a message to other Turkish girls that they can emancipate themselves from stifling mores. She said, "I did it because I wanted to be free at last. These photographs are a liberation from the restrictions of my childhood."

Sahin's stripping down for the magazine may pose a quandary for feminists. On the one hand, she's thumbing her nose at patriarchal and cultural oppression, and on the other, she's ultimately becoming a commodified object of sexual scrutiny for the dreaded male gaze, whether she plays the empowerment card or not. She told Playboy:

"I have always abided by what men say. As a result, I developed an extreme desire for freedom. I feel like Che Guevara. I have to do everything I want, otherwise I feel like I may as well be dead."

Good for her. If it pisses off people who want to cover up women, I'm all for it. And I'm sure they're closely perusing the photos, you know, just to make sure they violate sharia law or whatever.