But with the advent of fiercely competitive regional channels, there has been an explosion of sexed-up programming.


The group dives into the controversy--how could Dominique mix motherhood with eroticism?

Only one host--Muna Abu Sulayman, a Saudi Arabian working on a Ph.

in American literature--is veiled, her shimmering hijab the shade of moonbeams.

"These four kind-looking mommies, sitting and chatting on a warm yellow couch, have tackled the most difficult issues, from homosexuality to incest, from abuse to murder," Abu Sulayman wrote in a recent article for the Middle East Broadcasters Journal."We make them watchable, believable and understandable." It's not the first time pop culture has revolutionized society: after Soviet block kids of the 1980s glimpsed the outside world via Mc Donald's, Levi's, and western ads, eastern Europe's Velvet revolution was born.

Today, a generation of Middle Eastern youth is growing up on a diet of Paris Hilton and reality shows, pumped in through sat dishes, cell phones, and the internet.


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