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Malala YousufzaiPakistan announced that Malala Yousafzai’s book “I Am Malala” was banned from private schools.  From the CBC:

Officials say they have banned teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai’s book from private schools across Pakistan, calling her a tool of the West.

It isn’t about religion, holiness, or allah, god (etc.).  It’s not about defending the country from Western influences or even polishing allah’s knob at exactly the correct speed as mandated by the Qur’an.

This book banning is about charlatans and courtiers defending their privileged status against the radical notion that women are people.

Adeeb Javedani, president of the All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association, said Sunday his group banned Malala’s book from the libraries of its 40,000 affiliated schools. He said Malala was representing the West, not Pakistan.

The Deluded will go to any length to defend their fetid bullshit.  See the christian analog (among many examples)in the the United States of christian loons shaming women as they attempt to shame women for legally ending a pregnancy.

Malala has become an international hero for opposing the Taliban and standing up for girls’ education. But conspiracy theories have flourished in Pakistan that her shooting was staged to create a hero for the West.

Because getting shot in the face is the most reliable way to become a hero?  It is outrageous how far the religious will go to defend their mythology.  Isn’t it enough that Malala was gunned down for the crime of being female and seeking an education, but now the same authorities (the ones ‘responsible’ for her security) are banning her book.

The Pakistani religious authorities are confabulating a grand story about the West’s plot to overthrow their country and religion –  hero for the West, indeed!  The only theory that is being consistently applied here is Patriarchy.  It is patriarchal misogyny reinforced by religious tradition and implicit cultural norms that makes the banning of Malala’s book possible.


*ed.  Wow, misspelling the name of the blog and forgetting what syntax is, all in the same post – sadly, this was after “proofing”.  The dangers of early morning posting.

The most remarkable ability that could be attributed to me at the age of fifteen was having not crushed my skull or lost a significant amount of my digits doing stupid shit.  Ms.Yousafzai has considerably less going for her, but is doing considerably more.  She is fighting for right for children to be educated.

This is what she wrote:

On 15 June fourteen girls were murdered in Pakistan simply because they wanted an education. Many people know my story but there are stories every day of children fighting for an education. The basic right to education is under attack around the world.

We need change now and I need your help to achieve it.

You can help me and girls and boys across the world. We are asking the United Nations General Assembly to fund new teachers, schools, books and recommit to getting every girl and boy in school by December 2015.

This July 12th is my 16th birthday and I am personally delivering this petition to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

I became a victim of terrorism after I spoke out in favour of education of girls. These innocent girls killed in Pakistan have nothing to do with politics and only wanted to empower themselves through education.

If we want to bring change, if we want progress, if we want development, if we want the education of girls, we should be united. We should not wait. We should do it now.

Go sign the petition.   I did.  Take the 30 seconds and get it done.


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