On writing one’s ideological opponents

In queer fiction, I notice a tendency to caricature the author’s ideological opponents as either monsters with whom no communication is possible or morons with whom no communication is possible. The author may attack straw-man versions of opposing positions or simply indulge in name-calling.

To overcome this problem, I recommend researching what people on the other side believe and why, with the goal of being able to pass an ideological Turing test, i.e., present the other side well enough to convince people on that side that you are one of them. For These Words Are True and Faithful, I did enough research on the arguments used by both socially conservative evangelical Protestants and radical feminists that I succeeded in passing ideological Turing tests as members of both groups..

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