So, I came across this article the other day and thought it would make an interesting discussion piece for the forum. It can be difficult to know what's right and what's wrong to write about because everyone has a different opinion. This article is one writer's opinion, and I quite like what she has to say. Let me say, though, that I don't want this to turn into a flame war, so please respect that. I think it's important to be able to have discourse about these things without them turning into arguments. What are your thoughts on this? Do you guys consider writing about and from the perspectives of ethnicities, orientations, genders, etc., than your own? Do you shy away from it out of fear of getting it wrong and potentially writing culturally insensitive fiction? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/sep/13/lionel-shrivers-full-speech-i-hope-the-concept-of-cultural-appropriation-is-a-passing-fad I understand that this article is a couple years old, but I've been thinking a lot about this lately.