Harry Potter Says, “Veritas Invalido!”

A stereotype must be based loosely on true propositions, or else it is no longer a stereotype but a mere fabrication. From this it follows that any true proposition about any human being will resemble some stereotype or other. From which it follows again that any true statement about any human being and his or her behaviour can be discounted by anyone whom it happens to discommode, by virtue of a pointing magic wand (or, more practically, finger) and the dread incantation, “That’s just your stereotype!”

When such modern women talk in this way, it would be amusing if one could arrange for Roman ragazzi to snatch their bags, and then discuss the incident solely in terms of their wicked stereotyping of “young men on Lambrettas”. One hopes that the insurance company would refuse to pay indemnity to such wretches.

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