Understanding Hurt and Why I’m Committed to Causing Offence

Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash Image of blank surface with ouch crayoned on to it.

Sara Ahmed, author of Living a Feminist Life, draws a distinction between sex and sex. That is Sex1, which often gets bundled into conversations on gender. And Sex2, which is a doing it word.

Having a way of distinguishing between two different definitions for the same word stops slipperiness from getting in the way of meaning-making, and confounds…