By Ece Toksabay
ISTANBUL | Wed Jul 20, 2011 2:12pm EDT
(Reuters) – A man stabs a woman in broad daylight in the middle of the street. “He is killing her!” “Don’t do it!” “Call the police!” a group of passers-by scream, rushing to the woman’s rescue.
“You won’t divorce me!” the attacker shouts as he viciously plunges the knife into the woman. The passers-by suddenly turn their back on the couple. “Family matters,” they say walking away. “None of our business.”
The scene — not uncommon in Turkey — is a vignette in Bayan Yani, a Turkish woman’s satirical magazine that tackles taboo issues with a mix of social criticism and acid humor.
Launched in March and produced by women cartoonists and women writers only, Bayan Yani has made a splash confronting uncomfortable topics such as “honor” killings, women’s rights, sex, adultery and Islam, and with occasional irreverent glances at lighter fare such as weight loss or cellulite.