I've had to one too many arguments with people who parade their ignorance around like it's enlightenment. Fortunately, ignorance is 100% curable. So, for those of us who care that truth and knowledge are not always merely a matter of opinion--some choice articles and commentary to get started that shouldn't take more than a half-hour to read: Some Theory: "Homeward Bound" by Linda Hirshman
- Why there's something wrong with you if you think there's nothing wrong with women en masse opting out of work and "choosing" to become full-time homemakers.Some Practice: "Stepping on the Harry Potter Buzz" by Jane Elliot
- Why there's something wrong with you if you think there's something wrong with all the people who accuse JK Rowling of cultivating a conservative, patriarchal vision.A Bonus Link: "Quidditch quaintness" by Richard Adams
(yes, THAT Richard Adams) - Because Rowling shafts more minorities in her books than just women.
How long these articles take to digest, well, that depends, as I suggested above, on your intellectual mileage. But what you're seeing here are some impressively unimpeachable arguments, and if you're going to want to debate them effectively, you're going to have to do A LOT more reading. I'll leave that to you; I'm assuming you're at least smart enough to use a library and/or a search engine.