Wow… I don’t know if I totally disagree with this.
The Iranian vice president is speaking out against Barbie, computer games, and movies.
In this Times Online article it’s evident that Barbie and other western toys are not welcome:
Barbie dolls and other western toys will lead to “destructive and cultural consequences” for Iran, the country’s leading prosecutor wrote in a letter to the Iranian vice-president, published in the Mardom Salari newspaper. “The appearance of personalities such as Barbie, Batman, Spiderman and Harry Potter and … computer games and movies are all a danger ” A toy seller Masoumeh Rahimi adds that Barbie in particular is “foreign to Iran’s culture” , wanton, and ” more harmful than an American missile”.
Hmmmm. I’m not sure what he’s afraid of in Batman and Spiderman. Maybe those spandex suits are just too revealing. 🙂 But I think there’s a kernal of truth in this guy’s worries when you take a look at some of the toys and games our culture is pimping out to our kids. It would be hard for us to deny some of the “destructive and cultural consequences” we are seeing from the media.
But I think this guy is taking the extreme position. It’s all evil!
The other extreme is embraced by much of our culture. We should let our kids be free to choose what is right for them.
I have to admit… I don’t like either extreme. I guess that’s where good parenting is going to have to just kick in.