Ooh boy. Here's a quote that speaks volumes, from Reuters' article about Iran's morality police "cracking down" on the sale of Barbie dolls, which is forbidden. Stores have been instructed to sell Iran's specially-designed, ultra-demure Sara and Dara dolls instead, to the disgust of the superficial girl tykes of Tehran:
Until today, I was impervious to iPad newspaper The Daily's slow dance of tabloid seduction. Oldest dog in America? Whatever. Stripper psychologist? Ho-hum. But today, everything changed. Today I read "Guys and Doll," a feature by Michelle Ruiz about an eccentric gay couple that has spent the last 20 years pretending a baby doll named Digby is their son, and I am now The Daily's biggest fan:
Ever wish you could see through the eyes of a doll? Now you can! The new Video Girl Barbie has its own built-in video camera and LCD screen. You get the best of both worlds: fabulousness and functionality!
Dolls aimed at girls tend to involve either babies or beautification. The creators of these dolls embraced those themes, but took them a step further. Maybe too far.