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After the initial "Last Sunday" gathering in November, many people made the observation that it was a mostly white audience, and then asked the question, "How can we attract more people of color to the event?"
Jensen: Sexual Exploitation and Media
Feb 11, 2007
At a progressive media reform conference dedicated to resisting corporate control of mass media, where many of the participants focus on gender and racial justice, it shouldn't be difficult to interest people in the feminist critique of mass-marketed porn
Jensen: Saying goodbye to my "Fargo" accent
Jan 01, 2007
Ever since the movie "Fargo" came out a decade ago, my ability to mimic the Scandinavian-inflected accent of my hometown and home state of North Dakota has been a guaranteed way to elicit laughter during my public speaking.
Jensen: Opportunities Lost
Dec 09, 2006
In a world of spin, no one expects truth from corporate executives or the politicians who serve them, but many of us hold out hope that in the classroom and sanctuary we can engage one another honestly in the struggle to understand the world and our place
Jensen: The consequences of the death of empathy
Nov 16, 2006
One of the most devastating consequences of unearned privilege -- both for those of us on top and, for very different reasons, those who suffer beneath -- is the death of empathy.
Jensen: Finding my way back to church -- and getting kicked out:
The struggle over what it means to be Christian today
Oct 12, 2006
[A version of this was presented to the Methodist Federation for Social Action, Austin, TX.]
Jensen: University Repression
Oct 08, 2006
When I published an article this summer that condemned the past six decades of U.S. policy toward Iran, and the Middle East more generally, as a strategy of "domination-through-violence," http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~rjensen/freelance/attackingiran.htm
Jensen: Propriety and paranoia in the empire
Sep 27, 2006
After appearing on FOX News this weekend to defend Venezuelan President Hugo ChavezÕs speech at the United Nations, I got the usual assortment of fair-and-balanced emails from viewers, many of whom were critical of my support of Òthis Satanic barbarian,Ó
[A review of Whose Freedom? The Battle over America's Most Important Idea by George Lakoff (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006).]
Jensen: Constraining history/controlling knowledge
Aug 14, 2006
One way to measure the fears of people in power is by the intensity of their quest for certainty and control over knowledge.
Will the United States attack Iran?
[A version of this talk was delivered to the Brisbane Social Forum, Australia, May 21, 2006.]
Politicians and pundits in the United States love to talk about our "national character," typically in rapturous tones of triumphalism.
Hugh Hefner is 80 today (April 9). America, say happy birthday to our most influential pimp.
Jensen: Why I am a Christian (sort of)
Apr 06, 2006
I don't believe in God.
Mar 25, 2006
"Crash" is a white-supremacist movie.
Jensen: The Paradox Of Pornography
Feb 23, 2006
Pornography's business has always been the exposure of women's bodies for the pleasure of men, and that was readily evident at the annual Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas last month.
A conflict doesn't end overnight. It's a long, slow process, in which two parties, once they arrive at the table, go from small negotiations to more contentious ones.
George W. Bush has been unfairly tagged with the label "racist" in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Jensen: A Mercenary Society
Aug 27, 2005
The failed war in Iraq -- and its effect on the U.S. military -- has the potential to spark the U.S. public to fundamentally rethink the role of force in U.S. foreign policy, and one of the central questions for the future of the United States is whether