Lionel Shriver and your inner bigot

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Kate Rice

Political correctness isn't strangling creativity – it's just inviting us to be aware of our inner bigot.

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Seven weeks have passed since Lionel Shriver delivered her ‘iconoclastic’ speech at the Brisbane Writers’ Festival. In it, she asserted that political correctness is antithetical to the creative process, because writers must be free to imagine stories outside their own experiences. I have been troubled by the ongoing debate, particularly because a lot of it has repeated Shriver’s condescending tone. So I will try to state my case without glib self-serving analogies, anecdotal evidence, obvious examples and absurd extrapolations.

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Kate Rice has just completed a PhD on ethical arts practice.