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Barbie no shiksa!

Barbie is Jewish declares Saudi Arabia. (Who could make this stuff up?)
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Barbie Deemed Threat to Saudi Morality
Tue Sep 9, 3:57 PM ET


RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's religious police have declared Barbie dolls a threat to morality, complaining that the revealing clothes of the "Jewish" toy already banned in the kingdom are offensive to Islam.

The Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, as the religious police are officially known, lists the dolls on a section of its Web site devoted to items deemed offensive to the conservative Saudi interpretation of Islam.


"Jewish Barbie dolls, with their revealing clothes and shameful postures, accessories and tools are a symbol of decadence to the perverted West. Let us beware of her dangers and be careful," said a poster on the site.


The poster, plastered with pictures of Barbie in short dresses and tight pants, and with a few of her accessories, reads: "A strange request. A little girl asks her mother: Mother, I want jeans, a low-cut shirt, and a swimsuit like Barbie."


Such posters are distributed to schools and hung in the streets by the religious police, or muttawa, an independent body affiliated with the office of the Prime Minister.


Vice police officials were not available for comment Monday.


Sheik Abdulla al-Merdas, a preacher in a Riyadh mosque, said the muttawa take their anti-Barbie campaign to the shops, confiscating dolls from sellers and imposing a fine.


Although illegal, Barbies, the creation of California-based Mattel Inc., are found on the black market, where a contraband doll could cost $27 or more.


"It is no problem that little girls play with dolls. But these dolls should not have the developed body of a woman, and wear revealing clothes," al-Merdas said.


"These revealing clothes will be imprinted in their minds and they will refuse to wear the clothes we are used to as Muslims," the sheik said.


Women in Saudi Arabia must cover themselves from head to toe with a black cloak in public. They are not allowed to drive and cannot go out in public unaccompanied by a male family member.


Other items listed as violations on the site included Valentine's Day (news - web sites) gifts, perfume bottles in the shape of women's bodies, clothing with logos that include a cross, and decorative copies of religious items offensive because they could be damaged and thus insult Islam.


An exhibition of all the violating items is found in the holy city of Medina, and mobile tours go around to schools and other public areas in the kingdom.


The muttawa act as a monitoring and punishing agency, propagating conservative Islamic beliefs according to the teachings of the puritan Wahhabi sect, adhered to the kingdom since the 18th century, and enforcing strict moral code.


The muttawa patrol the streets of the kingdom, preventing men from mingling with women, enforcing strict Islamic dress for women, chasing worshippers late for prayers, and punishing shop keepers who stay open during prayer hours. They sometimes work with a police officer who can enforce legal punishments on people deemed violators.


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This one's not, though 10.Sep.2003 14:16

Chardman

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better off without barbie 10.Sep.2003 15:27

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Let's face it, we'd all be better off without Barbie anyway. Her religious persuasions aside, she's far from a role model for any young girls and only serves to promote eating disorders and the sexualization of young people.

Barbie Is Only The First Step! 11.Sep.2003 13:10

Learn From The Wahabis!

Right - we have much to learn from the Saudis on the topic "reducing the sexualization of young people". Making women wear gunnysacks does a lot to reduce sexualization as well.

Next, we can ban women from driving!

It would be hilarious to turn over the average Indymedia reader to the Saudi religious police - his/her denunciations of Western Civilization might be more nuanced in the future, if they ever managed to escape the religious police's clutches.

What's your point? 11.Sep.2003 23:25

anonymous

The average Indymedia reader is not a Wahabi, or Wahabi sympathizer, so what's your point?