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Hugh Hefner and hijab, controversy and commodification

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Jakarta   /   Wed, October 4, 2017   /  12:50 pm
Hugh Hefner and hijab, controversy and commodification In September last year, Hugh Hefner and hijab came together when Noor Tagouri, then 22, a first generation hijab-wearing Libyan-American journalist, posed in Playboy. (Shutterstock/360b)

Hugh Hefner and hijab. Would you ever in your wildest dreams connect the two? No way! The first is the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine — the world’s largest selling male magazine — who died on Sept. 27 at age 91. The magazine was famous for its nude or seminude centerfolds, catering to men’s prurient tendencies. Hef himself, as he liked to be called, was a lascivious, lewd, libidinous lothario who claimed to have slept with 1,000 women (and a few men too, he admits). The second, the hijab, is a piece of cloth worn to cover the head and usually the chest that some consider obligatory wear for Muslim women. It’s to do with modesty they say, and to protect themselves from the “male gaze” and unwanted (sexual) advances. So obviously Hugh Hefner and Playboy are polar opposites, right? But believe it or not, in September last year...

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