The Iranian police have shut down dozens of toy stores in order to stop the sale of Barbie dolls. The raids of the toys stores are part of the crackdown against "manifestations of Western culture".
In a society where women wear headscarves in public and men and women are not permitted to swim together, Barbie, in her swimsuits and miniskirts, is frowned upon in Iran. In 1996, the government, through its children's agency, called Barbie a "Trojan horse" that was sneaking Western culture into the country and introducing makeup and revealing clothing.
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