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Barbie Banned in Iran

Growing up, I loved playing with my endless supply of Barbie gear. My best friend and I joined forces to throw Barbie bashes almost daily.

My parents were okay with the buxom doll and so was then President Ronald Reagan. But some Barbie loving girls and boys aren't so lucky.

To see who is NOT okay with it,


The Prosecutor General of Iran, Ghorban Ali Dori Najafabadi, wrote a letter to Iran's Vice President Parviz Davoudi stating his belief that toys like Barbie and Batman have negative social consequences on those who play with them.

Contrary to Iranian culture, Barbie dresses in bikinis and ball gowns with her blond hair flowing freely. Iran tried to counter Barbie with their own Sara and Dara dolls, but they are no match for the blond bombshell.

According to the BBC, Najafabadi said:

Iran was the world's third biggest importer of toys, with many more being smuggled into the country.

If the powers that be think Barbie is bad, wait till those kids get a hold of the Bratz. They'll be begging Barbie to come back to Iran!

What's your opinion?

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AutymsMommy AutymsMommy 8 years
Hmm, I don't allow my daughter to play with barbie, bratz dolls or anything of the like. I don't consider myself "oppresive". Iran is not the united states, wherein the people have decisions made for them not vice versa. I don't see anything wrong with the fact that they have certain cultural beliefs. Everyone does.
HipMom HipMom 8 years
what a shock, yet another type of oppression from these extremists.
lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
i think i just figured out who paris is trying to look like and boy does she miss the mark, lol. i'm surprised that it took iran this long to ban something so american. the way iran's girls/women live, dress and groom is the exact opposite of barbie. you can't really have that in their strict culture. barbie is all about women dreaming and doing exciting things; race car driver, astronaut, etc. and looking sexy while doing it. that's not what they want for their slaves. i mean women.
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