Queen Rania of Jordan is asking the world to "send me your stereotypes." Jordan's Queen has just launched a channel on YouTube, because she wants people to see the real, unedited, side of the Arab world. She thinks the reality of life in the Middle East will surprise most who base their perceptions on simplified generalizations or shows like 24.
In order to reveal the personal side of her region, Queen Rania is asking everyone to send her their questions and concerns about Arab culture. Her mission is to "bring down stereotypes and build bridges between our virtual East-West communities."
World citizens are already taking advantage of the forum. One user wrote:
I am a 59-year-old American woman who firmly believes in equal rights for all men and women. Can you help me understand your culture's beliefs about the rights of women? My perception of women in the Arab world is based on seeing women wearing burqas or "having" to cover so much of their bodies in public here in the United States and in pictures from around the world. Why don't Arab men have to cover up? When there are demonstrations, where are the women? My perception makes me think Arab women are severely restricted in their outside world. Any insight you can provide would be much appreciated.
What would you ask Queen Rania? To see her first YouTube video,