Monday, April 28, 2008
Barbie: Trojan Horse to Iranian Culture
Good Grief! What next?

Here in the US, Barbie gets a bad rap for prompting body image issues in young girls. But in Iran, it is even more serious. There, Barbie is "destructive culturally and a social danger."

Once again, it is all about the eeeeevil influence of the West.

In 1996, the head of a government-backed children's agency called Barbie a "Trojan horse" sneaking in Western influences such as makeup and revealing clothes.

Barbie is sold wearing swimsuits and miniskirts in a society where women must wear head scarves in public and men and women are not allowed to swim together.

Or, maybe Barbie's popularity is a giant glaring message that the Iranian people want their government officials to just chill out.

Attention would-be entrepreneurs: Giant opportunity here in the sales of Barbie-sized hijabs and jilbabs. You know, because Barbie is too hot to stand without the traditional coverings...she might incite Ken to rape her for dishonoring her family.


posted by Phoenix | 2:52 PM


At 11:02 PM, Anonymous Steph said...

My dad is currently deployed in Afghanistan right now and he called the other night and during the conversation relayed that where he is, one can purchase a Barbie clad in a burqa. Funny, no?


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