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Old 09-22-2005, 02:18 PM   #1
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Burka Sold Separately

Bestseller in Mideast: Barbie With a Prayer Mat

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DAMASCUS, Syria, Sept. 21 - In the last year or so, Barbie dolls have all but disappeared from the shelves of many toy stores in the Middle East. In their place, there is Fulla, a dark-eyed doll with, as her creator puts it, "Muslim values."

Fulla roughly shares Barbie's size and proportions, but steps out of her shiny pink box wearing a black abaya and matching head scarf. She is named after a type of jasmine that grows in the Levant, and although she has an extensive and beautiful wardrobe (sold separately, of course), Fulla is usually displayed wearing her modest "outdoor fashion."

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Old 09-22-2005, 03:29 PM   #2
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Though Fulla will never have a boyfriend doll like Barbie's Ken, Mr. Abidin said, a Doctor Fulla and a Teacher Fulla will be introduced soon. "These are two respected careers for women that we would like to encourage small girls to follow," he said.
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"...If the girls put scarves on their dolls when they're young, it might make it easier when their time comes. Sometimes it is difficult for girls to put on the hijab. They feel it is the end of childhood. Fulla shows girls that the hijab is a normal part of a woman's life," Ms. Ghayeh continued.
I'm not a Barbie advocate, but 'Fulla' at least doesn't sound any more problematic.

nb, the burka is exclusively a Central/South Asian garment. The Middle Eastern equivalent would be a chador, but as far as I can tell, there is no 'Fulla chador.' Most women in Fulla's target markets just wear a headscarf (hijab).
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is it me

or does the bomb make her look fat?

i am sure this thread is not about stereotypying
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is it me

or does the bomb make her look fat?
I'll be the first to admit I nearly choked on my Kombucha tea.
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I think these are quite nice-looking.
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I thought this was the dream of a lot of conservative christians also, no visual boobs on dolls.
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You'll need more practice taking shots at "conservative christians".
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[Bis it me

or does the bomb make her look fat?
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possibly the funniest comment made in here in ages.
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I think these are quite nice-looking.
I think they are very pretty.
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You'll need more practice taking shots at "conservative christians".
says who? rono's actual great sense of humour aside, is that really far from the truth?

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BAH, I had a great post, that referenced cultural polution, busty plastic american women, and manythings

but now it's all lost, darn


oh well. That stupid sign in screen, what's with that? Makes me sign in at the most inopertune times.........



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