Mar 17 • 1HR 13M

Drag Queen Story Hour and Cultural Appropriation, with Robert Jensen

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Joey Dumont
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Robert Jensen (AKA Bob) is Emeritus Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also the author of numerous books, including, An Inconvenient Apocalypse: Environmental Collapse, Climate Crisis, and the Fate of Humanity; The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege; and The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men.

As you may have gleaned from his book titles, Bob is a humanitarian to his core, a man who cares about the plight of the less fortunate, and a man who has spent his entire life in the pursuit of helping our world become a better place.

But the reason I wanted to talk with Bob today, was due to a recent article he penned for Julie Bindel’s Substack called “Drag Story Hour and Cultural Appropriation”, specifically his feminist critique that these Story Hour events are just another example of patriarchy and objectification of women… which was a purview I had yet to read regarding this very divided topic in our culture.

During our chat, we talked at length about why Drag Story Hour is offensive to many feminists, as well as other topics like, trigger warnings, safe spaces on college campuses, and how political dogma is harming us all.

I hope you learn as much from this conversation as I did.

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