It may be that writing Would You Kindly Not has cost me a great deal of support in certain quarters, where I am now considered an evil white privileged (ahaha) oppressor for daring to question the dogma of identity politics and gender stereotyping, but frankly when I think about the fact that in those same quarters Stephen Fry is seen as a raving misogynist – a thought so absurd, so out of touch with reality, that it boggles the mind – a falling-out was inevitable. I’m sorry about that, because many of said people are very talented and probably well-intentioned, but I accept neither their ideology itself nor the notion that disagreeing with them turns me into a conservative (or an opponent of the groups they claim to represent).
So thank you for all the messages of support (including many from queer, trans and non-white people, who don’t all subscribe to the same ideology), I’m sorry so many of you feel unable to speak out because you are afraid of being attacked in the same way I was, and I will now stop trying to explain myself to those who were never interested in debate in the first place and return to telling stories – and doing my part in the struggle for global human equality. A small part, no bigger than yours, but something to take seriously nonetheless.
The next post will be about Ithaka of the Clouds.