A vendor sells Indonesian version of Playboy
magazine on a street in Jakarta, Friday,
April 7. The toned-down edition of Playboy
went on sale Friday in the world’s most
populous Muslim nation, defying demands
from Islamic leaders that the publication
This is reminiscent of what happened in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Iron Curtain when titillating material quickly appeared and then spread like kudzu.
Liberties will always rush to fill a vacuum, just not necessarily in the way favored by religious fundamentalists.
AP Via CNN:
JAKARTA, Indonesia—A toned-down edition of Playboy magazine went on sale Friday in Indonesia, defying threats of protests by Islamic hardliners who called the publication a form of moral terrorism in the world’s most populous Muslim nation.
The magazine does not feature nude women, and its photos of female models in underwear are no more risque than those in other magazines already for sale in the country. More explicit photos appear daily in local tabloids.
Protesters hit the streets in towns across Indonesia when the magazine announced in January it was planning a local version, but it remains to be seen whether demonstrations will pick up again after people have read it.