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Robert Jensen is a journalism professor at the University of Texas at Austin and board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center. His latest book, All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice, was published in 2009 by Soft Skull Press. He also is the author of Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity (South End Press, 2007); The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege (City Lights, 2005); Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity (City Lights, 2004); and Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream (Peter Lang, 2002). Jensen's articles can be found online at http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~rjensen/index.html.
From Start to Finish: Why We Won and How We Are Losing
We label as "crazy" those members of the human species whose behavior we find hard to understand, but the cascading crises in contemporary political, economic, and cultural life make a bigger question increasingly hard to ignore: Is the species itself crazy?
There Are No Heroes in Illegal and Immoral Wars
The Afghan & Iraq invasions were illegal under Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution which required United Nations Security Council clearance of the invasions as a response to imminent attack. The Bush/Cheney administration lied its way around this legal barrier.
What does it mean to be a human being? Balancing theological and political insights
Which practices, systems, and fundamental conceptions of what it means to be human,
are consistent with a sustainable human presence on the earth, respectful of other life,
in societies that provide the necessary resources for all people to live a decent life,
within a culture that fosters individual flourishing alongside a meaningful sense of collective identity,
helping us to take seriously ou
The cruel boredom of pornography
The dirty secret of the porn industry is that, with a finite number of ways that human bodies can fit together, their product is repetitive and dull by definition. So they must resort to sexualizing degradation itself.
Podur on Sustainability
An edited transcript of the keynote speech Justin Podur gave at the "Spirituality and Activism Conference," St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX, March 29, 2008.
Monday, March 17, 2008(1 comments)
Now it's time for those of us in the peace-and-justice movement in the First World, especially in the United States, to take the next step: We must recognize that there can be no justice over the long term without sustainability, and creating a sustainable world will require not only radical change in systems and structures of power but also a radical change in the way we in affluent societies live.
Media reform should include critique of sexual-exploitation media
Facing the pornography industry forces us to acknowledge the deep misogyny and white supremacy that still exists in the culture, even with the gains of the feminist and civil-rights movements. Both women and men might understandably be afraid of confronting what pornography tells us about the cruelty of our culture, our own sexual socialization, and the difficult struggles we face to create a world free of sexual violence.