Do Read Lionel Shriver’s Speech
It isn’t fully clear to me why I find Ms. Abdel-Magied’s piece so memorable. It might be due to its unfairness, a tone it attributes to Lionel Shriver’s speech, a context it erases from it, quotes (well, things in quotation marks) never quoted, and an assertion that it is the last word because it doesn’t really wish to hear any more. It might also be due to a worry it leaves me with that any response would offend some and that a silence, here and in fiction*, is the only safe thing.
So I’ll remain (pretty) silent. I must, however, post a link to Ms. Shriver’s own words as I believe is courteous and right if we are going to disagree with and listen to other people in new, better ways.
I hate to disappoint you folks, but unless we stretch the topic to breaking point this address will not be about…www.theguardian.com
*Fiction, remember, where we can be brave, or free from self-censorship, or free to cultivate other voices and modes of seeing outside our limited identities.