Pornography and the End of Masculinity
Robert JensenPages: 200
Format: paperback original
Release Date: 2007-09-01
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Does porn make the man?
Pornography is big business, a thriving multi-billion dollar industry so powerful it drives the direction of much media technology. It also makes for complicated politics. Anti-pornography arguments are frequently dismissed as patently “anti-sex”—and ultimately "anti-feminist"—silencing at the gate a critical discussion of pornography's relationship to violence against women and even what it means to be a "real man."
In his most personal and difficult book to date, Robert Jensen launches a powerful critique of mainstream pornography that promises to reignite one of the fiercest debates in contemporary feminism. At once alarming and thought-provoking, Getting Off asks tough but crucial questions about pornography, manhood, and paths toward genuine social justice.
Listen here to Robert Jensen's discussion of the reach and impact of pornography in US society as a guest on WORT-FM's "A Public Affair" program on March 9, 2007, hosted by Diane Farsetta and produced by WORT-FM. (WORT-FM retains all ownership and rights to the program, so please contact them if you'd like to link to or distribute this program.)
Robert Jensen is the author of The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism, and White Privilege (City Lights, 2005) and Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity (City Lights, 2004). He is associate professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.
Advance Praise“Jensen’s brutally honest assessment of the increasingly pornographic world has never been more difficult to face, but more necessary. This book is essential reading for all of us who want to be part of the struggle for revolutionary social change.”
—Gail Dines, co-editor of Gender, Race and Class in Media, professor of sociology and women's studies, Wheelock College
“Agree or disagree with his analyses or conclusions, but this brave book challenges men—and women—to face this crucial and sometimes painful subject with courage and hope."
—Jackson Katz, author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help
“Jensen’s book is a shout to people who hate cruelty but think they can choose their battles.”
—Carol Bly, author of Changing the Bully Who Rules the World
“Expertly combining 'the personal' with 'the political,' Robert Jensen exposes the shockingly misogyny of today’s pornography and forces us to face the ugliness of American masculinity. A wake up call to men and women alike; this book should be required reading for anyone who use...