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This may be the ultimate blow against Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda and ought to have him raging in his cave or perhaps spinning in his grave. His niece Wafah is posing nude in next month’s GQ, providing the ultimate slap in the face to the entire brand of fundamentalist Islam which bin Laden and his followers stand for.

Wafah bin Laden had begun a career as an aspiring pop-singer when her uncle’s followers launched their assault on America. She almost immediately found her career stillborn because of her use of the family name, which made her popular only as a curiosity and not for her talent. She tried changing her name and carrying on under her mother’s maiden name as Wafah Dufour, but after a couple of years in New York City she hadn’t made as much progress as he hoped, so like a lot of hopeful performers she decided to cash in on her physical charms to advance her career. For Madonna and Dr. Laura and Sylvester Stallone this meant posing nude or appearing in a skin flick, but when you’re Osama’s niece someone is going to be willing to pay more money and provide higher profile exposure for your naked pictures.

So it is that Wafah Dufour is appearing naked or very close to naked in the January issue of GQ which should have just hit the stands. You may say that this is just another case of an ambitious young girl allowing herself to be sexually exploited, but in this instance there’s a lot more involved because of her family connections. This makes her very un-fundamentalist behavior take on a greater significance, and makes her actions a statement of liberation for Islamic women and a blow against the sexual repression promoted by Osama’s followers, or at least that’s how many are interpreting it.

Wafah is also putting her life at risk just by doing this, because fundamentalist clerics associated with Osama have been known to issue Fatwas for offenses far less significant than this from people who are less prominent than she is. The punishment among fundamentalist moslems for this sort of behavior is to be stoned to death, and while that’s probably impractical in Manhattan, Fatwas aren’t usually specific about mode of death. Earlier this year a group of clerics issued a Fatwa for immodesty against Indian tennis star Sania Mirza for wearing tennis outfits which were too revealing. If that troubled them, Wafah Dufour’s higher profile near total exposure is going to drive them positively nuts.

Of course, Wafah is very lucky that she has the physical assets and the American passport which make this kind of opportunity available to her. A lot of women trapped in fundamentalist Islamic societies would be happy just to have the ability to reveal their hair and faces in public. Merely possessing a copy of GQ is a criminal offense in Saudi Arabia, but I bet that more than a few copies will be circulating in secret. You can hide a lot more than your body under a burka.

Dave

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  • lumpy

    Is that what Osama would look like without the beard?

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    Maybe it is him.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Seems a bit young to be Osama himself. I think she gets her looks from her Mom – pictured on the book cover in the amazon link – rather than from the bin Laden side of the family. I suspect Osama would make one damned ugly and extremely tall woman if he shaved off that beard.

    Dave

  • http://www.utopia2000.org Barry Stoller

    “… a statement of liberation for Islamic women and a blow against the sexual repression promoted by Osama’s followers, or at least that’s how many are interpreting it. Wafah is also putting her life at risk just by doing this…”

    Judging by her unexceptional looks, she is only in GQ because of OBL. And as far as risking her life, every hooker scrounging a dollar risks as much. There’s no hero here.

  • http://frictionblog.blogspot.com/ Jackson

    I agree with Barry, sort of. I’m making no judgement on her looks. But I don’t see a hero. I think it is unfortunate that she has had to “cash in on her physical charms to advance her career” because “after a couple of years in New York City she hadn’t made as much progress as he hoped.” It would have been far more heroic to advance her career further and use it to speak out against the terrorist elements in her family. I also don’t think that she has been given any kind of extraordinary opportunity. Are you suggesting, Dave, that women with above average looks should aspire to become the subject of a drooling man’s objectifying gaze? Though some woman may aspire for that, it is insulting to suggest that it is an opportunity. A far more effective “statement of liberation for Islamic women” and “blow against the sexual repression promoted by Osama’s followers” would be just that: speaking out against such repression, especially from a known voice such as Wafah’s. That said, if Wafah enjoys this, more power to her. I don’t oppose such actions. I do, however, feel there are far more inspired and effective methods through which to usher in change.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    I don’t think I made her out to be that much of a hero, but she is taking a genuine risk – motivated by ambition, not heroism. And regardless of her intentions, it really is a thumb in the eye of bin Laden and fundamentalist Islam.

    And her mother has been quite outspoken about social repression in Saudi Arabia, so I think it’s reasonable to assume that in taking advantage of her liberation she’s making at least a bit of a statement.

    Are you suggesting, Dave, that women with above average looks should aspire to become the subject of a drooling man’s objectifying gaze?

    No, but I’m certainly of the opinion that they should have every right to do so if they want to and if they think they will benefit from it as is clearly the case here. Her family’s rich. It’s not like she needs the money.

    Though some woman may aspire for that, it is insulting to suggest that it is an opportunity.

    In her case it IS an opportunity. She aspires to a career in entertainment. This is a proven way to advance that career.

    Dave

  • Bliffle

    Please, boys. Can’t we be a little more gallant?

  • http://victorplenty.blogspot.com Victor Plenty

    Yes, we could all certainly be a little more gallant. Perhaps I ought to avert my eyes and get the lady a bathrobe or something.

    Well, okay, from this distance I guess I’ll mostly just have to not buy the magazine. Except, I think she wants people to buy the magazine. So is that gallant of me, or ungallant? Would gallantry require me to buy the magazine, and then refuse to look at the photos?

    This all is so confusing. I haven’t ever tried to be gallant to somebody I’ve never met before.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    I wasn’t planning to buy the magazine anyway, but I have no problem with promoting it so more people buy it and contribute to her efforts. If it’s what she wants to do then more power to her, but I don’t have to waste my money and bore my ass off reading the rag.

    Dave

  • http://www.futonreport.net/ Matthew T. Sussman

    Well Dave I do appreciate the story, if for no reason other than to try and get it onto Fark.

    I guess they didn’t like my cornball joke of “finally discovering strong ties between 9/11 and her rack.”

  • http://selfaudit.blogspot.com Aaman

    Shee-it – there goes one question I was going to use in my next Quiz Time:)

  • http://darkeroticism.blogspot.com swingingpuss

    Woman is beyond being emaciated! But then again there are men who like to bang against bones.

  • http://frictionblog.blogspot.com/ Jackson

    Dave- I don’t disagree that she is taking a risk and is offending bin Laden and his followers. I just don’t feel that it is quite as effective as you suggest when you call it a “statement of liberation”. There is nothing wrong with modesty and the Islamic women that you suggest this speaks to would not be wrong to find Wafah’s actions immodest. They would also not be wrong to look up to Wafah’s actions. But it is insulting to suggest that nude photographs equals liberation for Islamic women. Education and suffrage, for example, can be much more liberating.

    “No, but I’m certainly of the opinion that they should have every right to do so if they want to and if they think they will benefit from it as is clearly the case here. Her family’s rich. It’s not like she needs the money.”

    It seems you are trying to suggest I oppose such a right. That isn’t right. Of course women (and men) have every right to pose nude! I just dispute its effectiveness as a political statement or “statement of liberation”. Sexual liberation is one thing, but it is far less meaningful than the right to pursue education, free speech, and suffrage within the context of a repressive society.

    “In her case it IS an opportunity. She aspires to a career in entertainment. This is a proven way to advance that career.”

    But don’t you think it is unfortunate that people sometimes have to pose nude to advance a career? Wouldn’t it be a better world if we could judge them based on who they are and what they are capable of, rather than what sexual feelings they are capable of arousing? Some people thrive on such activities as posing nude, but there are many others who find it offensive that our society sometimes requires such activity to move forward with such a career. This mindest in our society can be repressive also. That said, I’m afraid you are going to use what I’ve said to paint me as a sympathizer with bin Laden’s ideals; as some sort of sexually repressive person. I’m not. I wholly support anyone’s right to pose nude or have whatever kind of sex they desire. I’m not even morally opposed to such behavior myself. However, I understand that some are morally opposed to such behavior (and as long as they don’t force those morals on others thats perfectly acceptable) and for some having to pose nude to get noticed in order to advance a career is an awful, albeit sometimes necessary action.

  • http://frictionblog.blogspot.com/ Jackson

    I just want to clarify that Wafah’s actions do not offend me one bit. I noticed that Dave said “more power to her” in a comment and I whole-heartedly agree with that statement. I just enjoy dialogue and felt like playing a little devils advocate.

  • Bliffle

    Gallantry requires a man never be rude to (or about) a naked woman.

  • Scott Butki

    Hey, it’s not our fault – as guys – that she’s nude.
    What amuses me is she’s only in the news and magazine because of her relationship with OBL and yet in the interview – from the articles I’ve read about it – she says she is tired of people always asking her about him saying she wants to be independently famous.

    Would we even be talking about this if she wasn’t related to him?

    Good piece, Dave.

  • Dave Nalle

    I think that’s the central irony, Scott. She’s ashamed of the connection to OBL, but not so much that she won’t trade on it to advance her career.

    But, even if we weren’t talking about it, some of us might still be oggling her goodies even if she weren’t related to him.

    Dave

  • http://www.rodneywelch.blogspot.com/ Rodney Welch

    Possible point of correction: did Dr. Laura pose nude to advance her career? I always understood those shots were the result of her just fooling around with her boyfriend, and came back to haunt her later. I don’t think any commercial consideration was ever involved.

  • http://www.diablog.us Dave Nalle

    Actually, I have no idea why she did it, Rodney – but given that she’s the condensed nugget of all evil I assume it was for a base reason.

    Dave

  • http://nightdragon.diaryland.com Mark Edward Manning

    Maybe bin Laden is a repressed transvestite and this is why he’s so angry. American society just won’t accept a turban man in a corset, damnit!

  • http://journals.aol.com/vicl04/THESAVAGEQUIETSEPTEMBERSUN/ Victor Lana

    Guess we know one gal who won’t qualify to be one of the 72 virgins when she gets to paradise (or is that Eastern Pakistan?).

  • Dave Nalle

    Now Victor, posing nude is NOT the same thing as having sex, and it’s vile of you to think that just because she’s naked she’s not as innocent as the driven snow.

    Dave

  • http://journals.aol.com/vicl04/THESAVAGEQUIETSEPTEMBERSUN/ Victor Lana

    Perhaps you’re right, Dave. We can’t equate posing nude with having sex. It just appears to me with this woman more than the snow has been driven.

  • http://www.fotolog.com/butki13 Scott Butki

    So to punish Bin Laden should the US send
    copies of this to him in jail?

  • gonzo marx

    would that we had bin Laden in jail…

    unfortunately, the Administration has chosen other priorities rather than hurling EVERY resource into finding that bastard

    me? i’m all for taking every C-130 transport we have and filling half of them up with superballs…not the cheesy ones you got now in candy machines…the old Whamm-O ones that would bounce over yer house

    go up to about 60,000 feet and drop em over the area this bastard and his henchmen are hiding…wait a few days for all the bouncing to stop…

    all the food sources and supplies woudl be devastated, the enemy pacified by the eternally bouncing black spheroids

    wait a day for them to get humgry…then send in the second wave…with pork rinds and beer

    after that, they ain’t Muslims any more…they eat the cruncy pork snacks and drink of the fermentation of wheat(they gotta drink the beer, the pork rinds are way salty)…now we got them!!

    mwahahHHHAHahahAHAHahhhAHAHAhahAHHAAaaaaa

    hey, it ain’t any worse than whatever passes for a “Plan” so far…

    it could work…

    Excelsior!

  • Dave Nalle

    I thought Bush had already used his magic powers to send that earthquake to northern Pakistan to get bin Laden.

    Dave

  • http://www.fotolog.com/butki13 Scott Butki

    We should send Dr. Laura and Dr. Phil to find Bin Laden and if they don’t make it back… no great losss.

  • Dave Nalle

    My fear is that somewhere in the wildnerness they might ‘find’ each other and do it on video and somehow put it on the air.

    Dave

  • Scott Butki

    That’s what Internet filters are for, silly.

    I have mine set to block any reference to Laura or Phil and to send warnings out to any of their sponsoring programs – in hopes they will fire them – should that unfortunate intersection of their lives and bodies ever occur.

    Besides, can you imagine the pillow-talk?

  • http://www.fotolog.com/butki13 Scott Butki

    I’m still scared about this visual