This presentation was given at the 2018 Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation Global Summit hosted by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. (EndExploitationSummit.com)
Professor, University of Texas at Austin
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.
Robert Jensen is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and a board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center in Austin and the national group Culture Reframed. He is the author of The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men (Spinifex Press, 2017) and Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity (South End Press, 2007).
Jensen’s other books include Plain Radical: Living, Loving, and Learning to Leave the Planet Gracefully (Counterpoint/Soft Skull, 2015); Arguing for Our Lives: A User’s Guide to Constructive Dialogue (City Lights, 2013); All My Bones Shake: Seeking a Progressive Path to the Prophetic Voice, (Soft Skull Press, 2009); 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).