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There are a few hot-button subjects that you avoid if you’re a columnist restricted to 1,200 words. For example, while you could make some interesting points about the debates around trans rights and feminism, it’s such a fraught and complicated field that only the foolhardy or the deeply committed would try.

It’s fine if you’re on one side or the other, but if you’re attempting nuance, empathy and the uneasy evolution of meaning, well, forget it. This is one of those areas where the necessary caveats and disclaimers would outnumber the actual words about the topic...

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