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Malala: Pop stars are objectified

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 camp-aigner has claimed most female artists in the West seem to accept they should be "treated like objects".

She rose to worldwide notice 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 her injuries.

The schoolgirl has settled into a new life in the city with her family, but revealed she is 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?' The thing is that most of the female artists seem to have accepted all this," she told The Observer Magazine.

Malala has also recently become involved in the campaign against female genital mutilation, a practice she was unaware of until she came to the UK.

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