"An official says Malala Yousufzai, who was shot by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education, has urged Pakistan to reverse a decision to rename a college in her honor to avert militant attacks on students. The 15-year-old who became a symbol of youth resistance to the Taliban made the request after students broke into the school, tore down Malala’s pictures and boycotted classes in her home town of Mingora. They say renaming the college endangers their lives."
Malala Yousufzai, Girl Shot By The Taliban, Asks Pakistan Not To Rename College For Her.
Did you read that, raging liberals of Pakistan and the West? Malala does not want the attention. She does not want to be a symbol. She does not want to lose her life because your obsession with symbolizing Muslim women into icons of resistance render damage to their very lives. If you genuinely care, try to understand the context and gravity of the situation.
And for God’s sake, stop reblogging that ridiculous comic strip that completely cartoonizes her.
That comic has over 100,000 notes. This has less than 2,000 so far. Malala has been asking people to stop for awhile now. I guess respecting women is a bit too difficult when it’s easier to use them and their experiences to push your own narrative.
Good lord, do people not conduct their own research ever? Malala asked them not to rename the college in December 2012, because the Taliban were attacking it. She said nothing about wanting to lead the quiet life, about wanting to be safe somewhere.
Did nobody watch her Feb 4 2013 public address? “Today you can see that I am alive…I can speak. I can see you, I can see everyone…. God has given me a second life, this is a new life, and I want to serve. I want to serve the people.”
She is not afraid. She’s an activist in a dangerous cause. She’s set up the Malala fund, to help all children get an education. Does that sound like someone who is afraid for her life over what she believes in? Instead of turning on each other for celebrating her courage, maybe we should look at how we can help girls in her situation.