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Iran Declares War On Barbie

An undated handout picture obtained from toymaker Mattel Inc on Feb. 15 shows their Barbie and Ken dolls dressed as Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, on their wedding day.

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Iran’s morality police are cracking down on the sale of Barbie dolls to protect the public from what they see as pernicious western culture eroding Islamic values, shopkeepers said on Jan. 16.

As the West imposes the toughest ever sanctions on Iran and tensions rise over its nuclear program, inside the country the Barbie ban is part of what the government calls a “soft war” against decadent cultural influences.

Iran’s religious rulers first declared Barbie, made by US company Mattel Inc, un-Islamic in 1996, citing its “destructive cultural and social consequences.” Despite the ban, the doll has until recently been openly on sale in Tehran shops.

The new order, issued around three weeks ago, forced shopkeepers to hide the leggy, busty blonde behind other toys as a way of meeting popular demand for the dolls while avoiding being closed down by the police.

A range of officially approved dolls launched in 2002 to counter demand for Barbie have not proven successful.









1. pernicious adj.

有害的 (you3 hai4 de5)

例: Smoking is a pernicious habit.


2. decadent adj.

頹廢的 (tui2 fei4 de5)

例: Don’t let decadent ideas get to you.


3. busty adj.

胸部豐滿的 (xiong1 bu4 feng1 man3 de5)

例: I don’t like busty girls.


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