Some Islamic countries, such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, prohibit sales of the Barbie doll, because she promotes “degenerate values,” leaving them to the black market. The Saudi religious police (the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice) denounced the doll as a blasphemous object, a threat to Islamic teachings, a “Jewish doll.” The religious police headquarters in Al-Madina hung posters in public places, including schools, that display a photo of a Barbie doll in a pink minidress with the following text warning of the enemies of Islam: “A strange request. A little girl asks her mother: Mother, I want jeans, a low-cut shirt, and a swimsuit like Barbie. . . . Jewish Barbie dolls, with their revealing clothes and shameful postures, accessories and tools are a symbol of decadence to the perverted West. Let...

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