‘Real Housewives of the Middle East’: Debunking Stereotypes

DNA airs this week its series called “The Real Housewives of the Middle East.” But it’s not what you think it is.

The series focuses on debunking stereotypes and caricatures people hold of Middle Eastern women. Today, DNA brought on Maytha Alhassen, provost at the University of Southern California and co-editor of “Demanding Dignity: Young Voices from the Front Lines of the Arab Revolutions.”

Together Alhassen and DNA’s host Derrick Ashong investigate the following stereotypes:

1. Middle Eastern women are subservient.
2. They are all rich.
3. These women are terrorists.
4. Middle Eastern women aren’t sexy.
5. They are oppressed and incapable of fighting for themselves.