The Muslim dolls have been developed by a government agency to promote traditional values, with their modest clothing and pro-family backgrounds. They are widely seen as an effort to counter the American dolls and accessories that have flooded the Iranian market.
Toy seller Masoumeh Rahimi welcomed the dolls, saying Barbie was “foreign to Iran’s culture” because some of the buxom, blonde dolls have revealing clothing. She said young girls who play with Barbie, a doll she sees as wanton, could grow into women who reject Iranian values.
“I think every Barbie doll is more harmful than an American missile,” Ms Rahimi said.
The siblings help each other solve problems and turn to their loving parents for guidance.
The children are supposed to be eight years old, young enough under Islamic law for Sara to appear in public without a headscarf.
Great. So the only Iranians allowed to get aroused in public are the pedophiles.
Meanwhile, to help the siblings help each other solve problems, Dara’s accessories include a knife in case Sara turns nine but forgets to put on her headscarf outside.
…Another toy seller, Mehdi Hedayat, said: “Dara and Sara are strategic products to preserve our national identity. And of course, it is an answer to Barbie and Ken, which have dominated Iran’s toy market.”
Let me see if I have this straight. Dara and Sara are the Iranian Barbie and Ken? What is the mullahs’ penalty for incest? Those aren’t her eyes he’s looking at:
Authorities launched a campaign of confiscating Barbies from toy shops in 2002, denouncing the un-Islamic sensibilities of the iconic American doll. But the campaign was eventually dropped.
Also in 2002, Iran introduced its own competing dolls — the twins Dara and Sara — who were designed to promote traditional values with their modest clothing and pro-family stories. But the dolls proved unable to stem the Barbie tide.
Note to the murderously pious: Get a grip. Even God likes to see a little skin here and there. Recall his answer to Ken and Barbie: Adam and Eve.
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