Malala angered by Western pop music

Malala Yousafzai has revealed she has been shocked by some aspects of Western culture

Malala Yousafzai has revealed she has been shocked by some aspects of Western culture

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Malala Yousafzai, the activist schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, has said she is angered by how pop music represents women.

The 17-year-old campaigner has claimed most female artists in the West have accepted that they should be "treated like objects".

She rose to prominence after surviving an assassination attempt in October 2012 when her calls for equal rights angered militants in her homeland of Pakistan.

A bullet narrowly missed her brain and she was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where she was treated for life-threatening injuries.

The schoolgirl has settled into a new life in the city with her family, but revealed she has been shocked by some aspects of Western culture.

"What I get a bit angry about is the image of women. It gets quite difficult for me when I listen to pop music. I don't often understand the words, but when someone translates them to me, I think, 'What is this song representing? That women are just there to be treated like objects?'

"Most of the time they do not even make sense. And the thing is that most of the female artists seem to have accepted all this. But they have a role to play," she told The Observer Magazine.

Malala has recently become involved in the campaign against female genital mutilation.

"It doesn't happen in Pakistan," she explained, "so this was the first time I knew about it. People think, 'Oh, everything is good here because it is a developed country,' but I have seen that there are things here that need to be highlighted and solved."

She acknowledged that there are many positives to living in England and is impressed by the facilities at Edgbaston High School for Girls, where she is studying for her GCSEs.

" They have computer labs, science labs, nice books - everything you need. And the internet!" she exclaimed. "Before I came here, in my whole life in Pakistan I did not do a single piece of research on Google. Not a single!"

Malala revealed she is prioritising her school work in a bid to empower herself with education and use it as a "weapon" in the future.

" I will only miss school for an engagement if it is going to bring real change," she said. "That is the question I have to ask myself with each request and if the answer is yes, I say, 'OK, I will sacrifice one day of my school for the education of millions of children who are out of school'."

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1:50pm Sun 24 Aug 14

darren3o says...

I think middle east culture treat woman abit worst
I think middle east culture treat woman abit worst darren3o
  • Score: 17

1:52pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

She's got a point: in particular, a male-dominated society that holds cultural expectations for women to wear as little as possible is surely just as bad as a male-dominated society that expects women to wear as much as possible?
She's got a point: in particular, a male-dominated society that holds cultural expectations for women to wear as little as possible is surely just as bad as a male-dominated society that expects women to wear as much as possible? Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -15

1:54pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

darren3o wrote:
I think middle east culture treat woman abit worst
Yes, it does certainly seems tougher for women and LGBTQ people in some middle east cultures, Darren - in some places virtually impossible.
[quote][p][bold]darren3o[/bold] wrote: I think middle east culture treat woman abit worst[/p][/quote]Yes, it does certainly seems tougher for women and LGBTQ people in some middle east cultures, Darren - in some places virtually impossible. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -14

2:18pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Gosh, a child makes an objection. Better change society then. Alternatively, she could return to her own country and get the taxpayers of that country to pick up her medical and schooling bills. Might I further suggest that the level of her 'shock' with regard to western music is likely to be less than the 'level of shock' she encountered when being shot.
Gosh, a child makes an objection. Better change society then. Alternatively, she could return to her own country and get the taxpayers of that country to pick up her medical and schooling bills. Might I further suggest that the level of her 'shock' with regard to western music is likely to be less than the 'level of shock' she encountered when being shot. Voice-of-reality
  • Score: 22

2:35pm Sun 24 Aug 14

darren3o says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
darren3o wrote:
I think middle east culture treat woman abit worst
Yes, it does certainly seems tougher for women and LGBTQ people in some middle east cultures, Darren - in some places virtually impossible.
Well people who live in the uk are lucky .So people we help should not criticise it
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darren3o[/bold] wrote: I think middle east culture treat woman abit worst[/p][/quote]Yes, it does certainly seems tougher for women and LGBTQ people in some middle east cultures, Darren - in some places virtually impossible.[/p][/quote]Well people who live in the uk are lucky .So people we help should not criticise it darren3o
  • Score: 18

4:16pm Sun 24 Aug 14

mickey01 says...

is she still in this country if so then send her back as soon as possible
is she still in this country if so then send her back as soon as possible mickey01
  • Score: 16

4:21pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Methodman says...

If I went to live in a foreign Country and did not like a particular aspect of their culture I would not criticise it I would just come back to live in the UK.
I like the fact that Women in the UK are free to wear what they like,however revealing,without fear of being stoned to death by the local self appointed male judges of decency.
If I went to live in a foreign Country and did not like a particular aspect of their culture I would not criticise it I would just come back to live in the UK. I like the fact that Women in the UK are free to wear what they like,however revealing,without fear of being stoned to death by the local self appointed male judges of decency. Methodman
  • Score: 19

4:24pm Sun 24 Aug 14

cathedral citi says...

darren3o wrote:
Katie Re-Registered wrote:
darren3o wrote:
I think middle east culture treat woman abit worst
Yes, it does certainly seems tougher for women and LGBTQ people in some middle east cultures, Darren - in some places virtually impossible.
Well people who live in the uk are lucky .So people we help should not criticise it
it is not through luck, that we enjoy our freedoms here in the United Kingdom, and in the west generally, but through fighting for those freedoms over the centuries.

Malala has no room to talk. Her conditioning has been borne out of being brought up in an environment that has been, for centuries, male-driven, and conditioned by a religious belief system.

We are a free, liberal secular democracy, where it is up to women as to whether they want to be seen as sexual objects, or not. However much one may agree or disagree to the lyrical contents of songs, is down to the listening ear, if it wants to hear or not........

I find Malala's comments to be a generalisation, and a sweeping comment.........she'
s entitled to her thought process, but I disagree with it.....

Malala, you will never understand the west, as your conditioning has been that of a tribal area of Pakistan, not exactly at the forefront of scientific enlightenment!
[quote][p][bold]darren3o[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darren3o[/bold] wrote: I think middle east culture treat woman abit worst[/p][/quote]Yes, it does certainly seems tougher for women and LGBTQ people in some middle east cultures, Darren - in some places virtually impossible.[/p][/quote]Well people who live in the uk are lucky .So people we help should not criticise it[/p][/quote]it is not through luck, that we enjoy our freedoms here in the United Kingdom, and in the west generally, but through fighting for those freedoms over the centuries. Malala has no room to talk. Her conditioning has been borne out of being brought up in an environment that has been, for centuries, male-driven, and conditioned by a religious belief system. We are a free, liberal secular democracy, where it is up to women as to whether they want to be seen as sexual objects, or not. However much one may agree or disagree to the lyrical contents of songs, is down to the listening ear, if it wants to hear or not........ I find Malala's comments to be a generalisation, and a sweeping comment.........she' s entitled to her thought process, but I disagree with it..... Malala, you will never understand the west, as your conditioning has been that of a tribal area of Pakistan, not exactly at the forefront of scientific enlightenment! cathedral citi
  • Score: 17

4:30pm Sun 24 Aug 14

eastsidemush says...

So she's 'shocked' by some aspects of western culture, is she?
Well now that she's had her free life saving medical treatment over here, why doesn't she p1$$ off back to her own country where she may be less offended.
So she's 'shocked' by some aspects of western culture, is she? Well now that she's had her free life saving medical treatment over here, why doesn't she p1$$ off back to her own country where she may be less offended. eastsidemush
  • Score: 13

5:27pm Sun 24 Aug 14

NickBrt says...

I suppose that headscarf she wears is a fashion choice or us it her culture telling her women are second class people who must be covered up so they are not noticed?
I suppose that headscarf she wears is a fashion choice or us it her culture telling her women are second class people who must be covered up so they are not noticed? NickBrt
  • Score: 11

5:39pm Sun 24 Aug 14

welshmen says...

Don't disrespect the very people who saved you, schooled and fed you, go back to your own Country and lobby your Government to stop making Nuclear weapons, stop supporting Radical Islam and help their own people rise to western living standards, we don't need your help on FGM we are aware of this disgusting treatment dealt out to to very young girls mostly of Asian origin.

Polity get your own house in order, your miles behind this Country in the human stakes....Also re-educate your young men and girls to practice what the west do as regards sex before marriage, instead of continually grooming very young British girls for sex, this is not the 7th Century, what ever your Prophet got up to with nine year old Aisha Bint Abi Baker is not allowed in this country, it's now the 21st Century, time for Islam to get modern, let your women ware western dress, your males can't seem to help themselves looking at our young women, accept what their young want or go to an Islamic state of your choice....
Don't disrespect the very people who saved you, schooled and fed you, go back to your own Country and lobby your Government to stop making Nuclear weapons, stop supporting Radical Islam and help their own people rise to western living standards, we don't need your help on FGM we are aware of this disgusting treatment dealt out to to very young girls mostly of Asian origin. Polity get your own house in order, your miles behind this Country in the human stakes....Also re-educate your young men and girls to practice what the west do as regards sex before marriage, instead of continually grooming very young British girls for sex, this is not the 7th Century, what ever your Prophet got up to with nine year old Aisha Bint Abi Baker is not allowed in this country, it's now the 21st Century, time for Islam to get modern, let your women ware western dress, your males can't seem to help themselves looking at our young women, accept what their young want or go to an Islamic state of your choice.... welshmen
  • Score: 11

7:24pm Sun 24 Aug 14

rggraham1947 says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
darren3o wrote: I think middle east culture treat woman abit worst
Yes, it does certainly seems tougher for women and LGBTQ people in some middle east cultures, Darren - in some places virtually impossible.
What's the "Q" stand for in "LGBTQ"?
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darren3o[/bold] wrote: I think middle east culture treat woman abit worst[/p][/quote]Yes, it does certainly seems tougher for women and LGBTQ people in some middle east cultures, Darren - in some places virtually impossible.[/p][/quote]What's the "Q" stand for in "LGBTQ"? rggraham1947
  • Score: 2

10:22pm Sun 24 Aug 14

runwellian says...

Go back where you came from and educate the people that shot you, don't tell us how to live our lives!
Go back where you came from and educate the people that shot you, don't tell us how to live our lives! runwellian
  • Score: 9

10:39pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Almeda11 says...

rggraham1947 wrote:
Katie Re-Registered wrote:
darren3o wrote: I think middle east culture treat woman abit worst
Yes, it does certainly seems tougher for women and LGBTQ people in some middle east cultures, Darren - in some places virtually impossible.
What's the "Q" stand for in "LGBTQ"?
What does it ALL stand for, my god l hate it when people use lots of initals/abbreviation
s and expect everybody to automatically know what they stand for, not everybody does, especially people who live more offline than on!!
[quote][p][bold]rggraham1947[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darren3o[/bold] wrote: I think middle east culture treat woman abit worst[/p][/quote]Yes, it does certainly seems tougher for women and LGBTQ people in some middle east cultures, Darren - in some places virtually impossible.[/p][/quote]What's the "Q" stand for in "LGBTQ"?[/p][/quote]What does it ALL stand for, my god l hate it when people use lots of initals/abbreviation s and expect everybody to automatically know what they stand for, not everybody does, especially people who live more offline than on!! Almeda11
  • Score: 6

11:21pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Jimmyyy says...

Everyone is so quick to criticise her, but she's right, most 'pop' music is categorically s**t. There is no innovative composition, little lyrical creativity... And most 'pop stars' don't write these songs anyway!

There is far more good music than bad out there, but none of the good stuff gets any airtime because people would rather listen to explicit, mostly meaningless tripe.
Everyone is so quick to criticise her, but she's right, most 'pop' music is categorically s**t. There is no innovative composition, little lyrical creativity... And most 'pop stars' don't write these songs anyway! There is far more good music than bad out there, but none of the good stuff gets any airtime because people would rather listen to explicit, mostly meaningless tripe. Jimmyyy
  • Score: -4

11:30pm Sun 24 Aug 14

cosmick says...

She will stay in this country, and i expect some pratt will put her in the house of lords.
Some people forget where they come from.
She will stay in this country, and i expect some pratt will put her in the house of lords. Some people forget where they come from. cosmick
  • Score: 9

11:32pm Sun 24 Aug 14

cosmick says...

Just told my wife about this story, she said tell her to 8888 off home!
Just told my wife about this story, she said tell her to 8888 off home! cosmick
  • Score: 6

12:10am Mon 25 Aug 14

david duke says...

Dear Malala . As you just learned western values that as long as you criticize the eastern or middle eastern culture you will be their darling but as soon you start to criticize the western culture of any sort, your popularity will go to gutter.
Dear Malala . As you just learned western values that as long as you criticize the eastern or middle eastern culture you will be their darling but as soon you start to criticize the western culture of any sort, your popularity will go to gutter. david duke
  • Score: 0

11:56am Sun 31 Aug 14

Jihadismasher says...

She has settled into a new life here with her family? So that means not only have we funded her operation and care, but we are now funding her and her entire family to stay here and moan about our culture! If she thinks women are treated as objects in the west, what is her opinion on the pakistani men who almost killed her because she wanted an education? What's her opinion on the 1400 young children objectified by her muslim brothers in Rotherham? Deport this ungrateful pakistani and her freeloading family.
She has settled into a new life here with her family? So that means not only have we funded her operation and care, but we are now funding her and her entire family to stay here and moan about our culture! If she thinks women are treated as objects in the west, what is her opinion on the pakistani men who almost killed her because she wanted an education? What's her opinion on the 1400 young children objectified by her muslim brothers in Rotherham? Deport this ungrateful pakistani and her freeloading family. Jihadismasher
  • Score: 1
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