In Iran, the police tried to prevent the Trojan Horse of permissive Western culture by confiscating Barbie dolls. “I think every Barbie doll is more harmful than an American missile,” warned an Iranian woman.[i] They have been banned for more than a decade but are sold illegally in stores. Dara and Sara were promoted as dolls to promote traditional values but weren’t as popular as Barbie—see photos of them.[ii]
[i] “Muslim Dolls Tackle ‘Wanton’ Barbie,” BBC News, March 5, 2001.