Saturday, September 27, 2008

Iran: Establishment miffed as Barbie dolls retain popularity over "Islamic values" dolls

Well, Barbie got to be an astronaut. Do Sara and Dara at least get to work in the nuclear program? "Iran: 'Barbie' doll beats Islamic 'Sara'," from AdnKronos International, September 25:

Tehran, 25 Sept. (AKI) - Iranian children seem to prefer the popular western dolls, Barbie and Ken, rather than the Islamic Dara and Sara dolls, that were created to instill Islamic values.

"This data is a clear sign of a failed policy adopted by the government with the aim of stopping the western cultural invasion," said website 'Tabnak', which is close to Mohsen Rezaii, former commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

The Dara and Sara dolls are modestly dressed and wear Islamic garments, but have failed to make a name for themselves unlike their 'western' counterparts, Barbie and Ken, which can be found in one out of every two Iranian children's rucksacks and notebooks, claimed Tabnak.

Dara and Sara were marketed by the Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults, a government agency with links to the Ministry of Education.

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