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Iran Declares War On Barbie
伊朗對芭比娃娃宣戰

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.
這是玩具公司美泰在皇室婚禮當天,推出扮成英國威廉王子與其妻劍橋公爵夫人凱薩琳的芭比與肯尼娃娃。

Photo: AFP
照片:法新社

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.

(Reuters)

伊朗的道德警察正取締販售芭比娃娃,以保護大眾,不讓伊斯蘭價值觀受到他們視為有害的西方文化侵蝕,店家一月十六日表示。

在西方對伊朗施加迄今最嚴厲制裁、以及伊朗核子計畫引發的緊張情勢升高之際,伊朗國內也掀起了一場反對西方頹廢文化影響力、政府所稱的一場「柔性戰爭」,禁售芭比娃娃就是其中一環。

伊朗宗教統治者最早於一九九六年,以「對文化和社會產生破壞性後果」為由,宣布禁售美國美泰兒公司製造的芭比娃娃「非伊斯蘭」。儘管有此禁令,但芭比娃娃直到最近仍在德黑蘭商店中公開販售。

約三週前發布的這項新法令,迫使店家將長腿、胸部豐滿的金髮芭比藏在其他玩具後面,以滿足市場對芭比娃娃的大量需求,並避免店舖遭警方強制關閉。

為反制芭比娃娃的市場需求,伊朗曾在二○○二年推出一套官方認可的娃娃,但事後證明不成功。

(路透/翻譯:陳成良)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. pernicious adj.

有害的 (you3 hai4 de5)

例: Smoking is a pernicious habit.

(抽菸是一種有害的習慣。)

2. decadent adj.

頹廢的 (tui2 fei4 de5)

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

(別讓頹廢思想影響你。)

3. busty adj.

胸部豐滿的 (xiong1 bu4 feng1 man3 de5)

例: I don’t like busty girls.

(我不喜歡胸部豐滿的女孩。)


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