Short Attention Spans: “Harry Potter and the Linguist’s Pickle” by Hugo Lau

“Words have failed us.” – Joss Whedon at Make Equality Reality

“Duality is an essential, isn’t it?” – Ursula LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness

Emma Watson made a compelling speech, but I think we are still missing the mark slightly. Other than her questionable choice in conjuring ‘Edmund Burke,’ who advocated gradual change and thought prejudice was gnarly, her words were well-chosen, and her sentiments thoroughly agreeable (the Burke quote was a good one, in fairness). However, I think we are still failing to address the problem with the word ‘feminist,’ and to fully interrogate the roots and consequences of the man/woman binary in order to find a solution to inequality.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Short Attention Spans is a new outing by the team bringing you Rant & Rave. The challenge is to write your thing in one-hundred words, or less.

If you would like to submit your own attempt at concise subjectivity, email


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