“The Cruelty of Men And Americans”

Robert Jensen, a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, offers one of the best analyses I’ve seen on cultural violence in his essay in the online journal, Feminista. It’s worth linking over to and reading.
Blow Bangs and Cluster Bombs: The Cruelty of Men and Americans makes the connection between pornography and war, explaining that “Pornography and the wars of the U.S. empire both depend for their success on the process of rendering human beings less-than-fully-human so they can be hurt — in the case of pornography to provide pleasure for men, and in war to protect the comfort of Americans.”
Jensen is a member of the Nowar Collective, author of the book Writing Dissent: Taking Radical Ideas from the Margins to the Mainstream, and co-author of Pornography: The Production and Consumption of Inequality.
His pamphlet, “Citizens of the Empire,” is available at
Other writings are available online at
He can be reached at rjensen@uts.cc.utexas.edu.

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