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Why Professor Watchlist Gets My Teaching Values Completely Wrong


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Why Professor Watchlist Gets My Teaching Values Completely Wrong

Robert Jensen

From a “critique” of my work on the recently launched website Professor Watchlist, I learned that I’m a threat to my students for contending that we won’t end men’s violence against women “if we do not address the toxic notions about masculinity in patriarchy … rooted in control, conquest, aggression.”


#2

If we're in for a new wave of McCarthyism, I wonder who among the Republicans will emerge as the Constitutional conscience of this era--as Sen. Margaret Chase Smith of Maine did in her Declaration of Conscience speech in the Senate that was the beginning of the end for Sen. Joseph McCarthy.

Those of us who shout the loudest about Americanism in making character assassinations are all too frequently those who, by our own words and acts, ignore some of the basic principles of Americanism:

The right to criticize;

The right to hold unpopular beliefs;

The right to protest;

The right of independent thought.

Look up the entire speech. It's well worth re-reading.


#3

In addition to being subjected to Trumpabuse, Professor Jensen teaches at a University where students are allowed to pack heat to class.

"In an era of universal deception anybody telling the truth is labeled a radical" - George Orwell


#4

"But rather than assign a failing grade..."

Sir, Mr. Author, your eloquence, the challenge offered, was beautifully presented-- bravo!

Lacking your experience and refinement, "Step, bitch!" still works well for me.

(Bold assumption, but "bitch" in this context is oriented towards the street and not gender-- hopefully most readers can discern this)


#5

This Professor is indeed a serious threat to the USA's security and is very un-American. He is teaching his students to think for themselves.


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It makes me a littlle sick to see Jensen treated like this. His work on pornography has been fantastic.

We're living in a post-fact world, folks. This "watchlist" is the kind of thing that starts small and can grow on social media. The right has been pushing this notion of the campus as an indoctrination center for a long time. I expect it to get much worse under our post-fact president.


#7

In times like this EVERY person has a responsibility to challenge EVERY liar and EVERY lie that person spews. EVERY half-truth from EVERY media outlet must be challenged. We are no less at war for our survival than England was during the Blitz in WWII. Evil has made its move. If we want to save our society we must all resist. Don't lose hope. We CAN win this.


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Yes, let's dream bigger!

Let's hold ourselves accountable for telling the truth. If we accept lies to and from ourselves, we're going have lies mirrored to us from the "outside."

The MSM goes on lying because we go on lying to ourselves. No one can make us accept falsehood if there is not something within that resonates with untruth.

A deep truth that most of us rarely tell: we are all prone to experience terror, hatred, rage, anguish, despair. We all experience the urge to relieve ourselves of the discomfort of feeling through violence.

Violence includes avoiding or suppressing such feelings through "flight into the mind." Violence includes confining our spiritual nature to the mind.

We allow mind to dominate our own nature with morality and virtue. We allow mind to dominate our own nature in the name of justice. Mind rapes, tortures and kills in the name of love, always while trumpeting, "I'm a good person!"

The nature of mind is to divide. Whenever we allow mind to dissociate "ourselves" from both "lower" and "higher" modes of consciousness, we create division.

Then mind blames "others" for the resultant strife. And so it goes, generation after generation.

When we give in to the urge to flee from "the full catastrophe" of human being, of Earthy life, we flee also from its full potential. In pusuit of a superficial, short-term psuedo-peace, we create endless war.

We allow mind to dominate our own nature. We allow mind to act as if the only alternative to dominating (our) nature is to be swamped by chaos, violence, and helplessness.

This cramped view of the nature of Earth, matter, embodied life, is at the roots of patriarchy, and every other means of mass control our species has dreamed into being.

Yes, let's dream bigger!


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I am with you Vox (unless you're being facetious) The comments after Bob Jensen's article in truth dig were beyond belief. I guess it's hitting a nerve----maybe between spending time posting comments on truth dig they are immersed in porn sites! Methinks they protest too much.

Bob Jensen is repeatedly attacked from all sides and many times most rabidly from those on the "left" who seem to have a problem with the commodification of the human body as a direct (literal) plug in to capitalism.

He is one of the few male voices that speak to porn addiction, violence against women (and men),white patriarchy and objectification of women, children and nonhumans.

After reading responses to his piece on truth dig I came much closer to accepting that we really are toast as a species.


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Not being facetious at all. I even remember when I first heard of him, when I read his essay "Rape is 'Normal.'" I thought that it was posted at CD, but can only find it now on CounterPunch:

Rape is 'Normal'

Jensen, Dworkin and Gail Dines have made me rethink many things that I thought I knew. It's a continuing process. At Thanksgiving, I was talking to a woman about Margaret Atwood's work, and said that a lot of people really seem to love The Handmaid's Tale, which I liked but don't consider her best work. I said that I thought maybe it's because the book is so accessible, and she said that she thought it resonated with women in a particular way, and I realized that all the people I know who love it are, indeed, women. Now I want to re-read it, because I think she exposed a bit of a blind spot I have.

I haven't seen the comments at Truthdig, but I'll go check them out now. Sexism is an acceptable position in the US (everywhere, actually, as far as I can tell).


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Thanks for your response vox. I had the same response re: Handmaid's Tale. Maybe I need to re-read as well.
If you're interested, Bob Jensen will talking about this (and other things) on WOJB (wojb.org)---- a community radio station where I volunteer---- next Wednesday, December @8:30 CT.


#12

Bob: You had better take this new "anti-American" witch-hunt seriously. There is nothing silly about it, either in its appeal to a large portion of our fellow citizens that are now engaging in a form of illiterate rage, nor is the potential threat to yourself and others that would speak truth to power, even slightly silly.

These throwbacks are deadly serious. And that POS-elect will do nothing but encourage them.


#13

Thanks for acknowledging that you have a blind spot. We all have them. That's why we need one another...and to learn to communicate in ways that allow us to enlarge our Self-image.

Re: misogyny: this is a better word than sexism. It apprroaches the root of the problem, which is the reflexive fear and hatred of the "civilized" for all that female bodies represent.

The body. The wild. That which truly creates, rather than imitates. The vulnerable. The dependent. The soft.

Of course, all bodies partake of the legacy of our ancient Nature. But female ones--with their messy, bloody effluents--are more difficult to dissociate from the wild with the mind.

To end misogny is to make peace among body, mind and spirit. Rape of women and rape of Earth will continue until enough of us permently commit to this process, and make more progress within it.

Have you loved your animal self well this day? Most of us lead lives that routinely immiserate our animal. We control, dominate and enslave it, then wonder why we suffer from control, domination and enslavement in our social, economic, political, and ecological lives.

I'm going to dance and walk now...