Playboy tries to save face...
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Playboy to Support Women's Rights Campaign
Updated 7:57 AM ET April 24, 2000
By Roxana Dascalu
 
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - A controversy over an item in the Romanian edition of
Playboy magazine has helped local rights groups score precious points in
their campaign to denounce violence against women in this macho Balkan
country.
Playboy's Chicago-based editors apologized to Romanian women for a story
titled "How to Beat Your Wife Without Leaving Marks." Local editors say they
printed the story in April's issue of the magazine as an April Fools' Day
joke.
 
"We got apologies from Playboy, plus promises that they will print stories
to educate Romanian men against violence at home," local rights activist
Oana Popa told Reuters on Monday.
"Playboy also promised to fund shelters for battered women, and for our
projects to combat domestic violence," added Popa, head of the local chapter
of the U.S. Fulbright Foundation.
Popa said local rights groups would protest later on Monday outside
parliament in central Bucharest to draw public attention to the issue of
domestic violence.
Organizers have also invited the editors of Romanian Playboy to join the
protest.
 
The editors of the Romanian version of FHM (For Him Magazine), which will be
launched by the VNU-Hearst group later this week, also said they would join
Monday's demonstration.
According to local experts, Romania leads Balkan statistics for domestic
violence against women, who have little legal protection in the ex-communist
country.
Christine Hefner, chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises Inc., apologized
for the story in the Romanian edition, which had a fictitious policeman give
blow-by-blow instructions to Romanian husbands on how to beat their wives
without leaving marks.
Local rights groups said those instructions were redolent of the methods
used by the communist-era Securitate secret police to beat up dissenters.
"This article flies in the face of Playboy's 46-year history of strongly
opposing any visual or editorial depiction of violence toward women," Hefner
said in a letter to Romanian rights groups, a copy of which was obtained by
Reuters.
"We do not condone it and will not tolerate it. The editor has been
reprimanded and we apologize in the strongest terms to Romanian women for
any anguish this ill-conceived 'satire' may have caused," she said.
"Playboy Romania is a relatively new international edition...and it is
likely that its local editor did not thoroughly grasp the harm such an
article could cause. This, however, does not excuse his profound lapse in
judgement."
 
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>Playboy. Romania, April 2000, Anul 2, No. 4
>
>How to beat your wife... without leaving prints.
>
>1. Here is one of the modern man's problems! Most men have felt the natural
impulse to pommel his wife's face, but even more men wonder what they will
do if she goes to the Medico-Legal Institute. Certificate, trial, divorce,
what else? Nasty! So, upon the request of an increasing number of readers,
we asked for the advice of a specialist in the field: N.C.O. Gabor.
>
>2. As a surgeon, you have to weigh each move. You have to be confident and
determined. You have decided to beat her up, then do it. Why? She knows why.
Firstly, you stare at one piece of wife. It's best to get to her hair. Then
you stick your hands in her hair. Necessary tools: a policeman's beating
stick. If you do not have one, improvise. Suggestions: a pot stick, a
washing-machine driving belt etc.
>
>3. If you hold her well by her hair, the job is almost done; as she cannot
escape. Still, the operation is not over. You take a (kitchen) chopper that
will be applied slowly to the wife's livers. Once the chopper is fixed
there, you only have to hit her with the stick. Hard and with a proletarian
hatred; and most important: without fear! If you are afraid, you'd better
quit. Take up knitting!
>
>4. Hit hard and steady, since you do not know when you have a second
chance. Even if she acts as if she screamed in pain, do not be afraid! It is
just a fake! The important thing is the way you hold the victim. At the
beginning, given that you do not have experience, the girl will escape from
your "claws". In such circumstances, give her a little extra at the end. So
that she is accustomed to it.
>
>5. After the beating, you only have to watch. She will swear like hell and
will threaten you with divorce, court, alimony and all kind of non-sense.
But when she looks around at the deed's place, in search for prints and
bruises that will be good for a trial, surprise!!! Not even a print. The
beating must not last more than 10-15 minutes.
>
>Here is the end. Confronted with such a work of art, the wife will
certainly be impressed. Only experts can beat so awfully nice. On the other
hand, you will notice that the wife sometimes wants to be beaten up again.
As one says in an academic language: "Boy, she is really looking for a
beating, mother fucker!" Good luck and have a harmonious marriage!
 
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(fwd from Chris)
This man was featured on the America's Most Wanted television program
tonight in the USA. See below information on how Playboy "unwittingly"
(yeah, right) financed this man's flight from arrest. Check out the AMW
website at www.amw.com for a picture.
 
ALEXANDER BORODULIN
Rape
Age: 47 (D.O.B. 07-26-52)
Sex: Male
Race: White
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 130 lbs
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Brown
Scars: Unknown
Tattoos: Unknown
 
Alexander Borodulin is charged with the May 15, 1988 rape of a young
model in Boston, Massachusetts. Borodulin allegedly drugged the girl
while she was posing for him in his photography studio. When she lost
consciousness, Borodulin raped her.
 
On January 11, 1989, Borodulin was charged with the rape by a Suffolk
County (Massachusetts) grand jury. When he failed to appear for trial on
September 11, 1989, a warrant was issued for Borodulin's arrest.
Three months after he was charged, Borodulin was hired by Playboy
Magazine in April of 1989 to shoot a pictorial on women in Russia.
Playboy was unaware of Borodulin's fugitive status, and unwittingly
financed his escape from U.S. authorities. Borodulin may be associated
with members of Russian organized crime in the United States and should
be considered dangerous.