Just ran into an old post of mine about Mohsin Hamid and writing other subject positions. It includes this line:
I of course want and love transgressive fiction, but I don’t want it to transgress against people, and especially not against oppressed people.
Makes me think: are there two types of transgression? Transgression against taste, and transgression against people?
I guess my model of the right way to do it is The Story of the Eye. A giant middle finger to taste, the Catholic church, and common decency. But not actually hurting anyone!