Robert Jensen, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professor, University of Texas at Austin

Robert Jensen is Emeritus Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and a founding board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center. He collaborates with the Ecosphere Studies program at The Land Institute in Salina, KS. Jensen is the author of The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men (Spinifex Press, 2017). His other books include Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully (2015); Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialogue (2013); All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice, (2009); Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity (2007); The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege (2005); Citizens of the Empire (2004); and Writing Dissent (2002).

Robert is speaking at

May 6, 2021
8:15 am - 9:00 am

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Fashionable talk about “sex work” avoids basic questions about sex/gender justice: Is it possible to imagine any society achieving a meaningful level of justice if people from one sex/gender class could be routinely bought and sold for sexual services by people from another sex/gender class? Is justice possible when the most intimate spaces of the bodies of people in one group can be purchased by people in another group? Can anyone, men or women, live a rich and meaningful life in such a society? Robert Jensen argues that a radical feminist critique of patriarchy is the best path for helping men recognize that the sexual-exploitation industries are not only incompatible with justice but also with their own humanity and the possibility of a fulfilling life.

Three Objectives or Takeaway Ideas:

  1. Radical feminism is necessary for understanding the pornography and prostitution industries.
  2. Radical feminism is not a threat to men but an opening for greater self-awareness.
  3. Arguments from justice and self-interest both lead to a rejection of sexual exploitation.

May 7, 2021
8:15 am - 9:00 am

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Description

Robert Jensen will discuss how the pornography industry creates sexist and racist images for profit, and the corrosive effects of a pornography-saturated culture on our sexual imaginations. This presentation does NOT include any sexually explicit images.

Three Objectives or Takeaway Ideas:

  1. Challenge men to confront our socialization in a patriarchal society.
  2. Understand the sexist and racist character of commercial pornography.
  3. Reflect on how pornography use effects our sexual lives.

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