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Writers blocked: how the new call-out culture is killing fiction

I write to be mischievous, subversive and perverse. The #MeToo and "cultural appropriation" mob leaves no room for any of that

By Lionel Shriver   March 2018

In the 1980s, pop psychology promoted the shibboleth that “you can’t argue with what people feel.” Since then, that line has brought many a contentious conversation to an impasse. The consequences of anointing emotion as beyond interrogation are vividly illustrated in Mark Lawson’s biting novel The Allegations: when an aggrieved party feels bullied it means, ipso facto, that he or she has been bullied, and employment tribunals are mere formalities. Sacked by the BBC for the same offence, but never allowed to confront his anonymous accusers whom the Corporation trusted, Lawson…

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