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Jordan Bernt "Clean your room" Peterson (born 1962) is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto who is the author or coauthor of 128 articles[1] on clinical psychology, social psychology and personality theory. He has lately gained some notoriety for his positions on political correctness, certain progressive causes, and refusal to use his students' preferred gender pronouns. Peterson also wants to build a website that lists the names of "post-modern Marxists" in academia and to discourage enrollment in courses he believes turns students into "social justice warriors" such as sociology, anthropology, gender studies, and ethnic studies.[2]

C-16[edit]

Peterson rose to popular fame (as can be seen by his YouTube channel[3] having over 275,000 subscribers and 12,000,000 views) largely due to his public opposition to the Canadian government's Bill C-16,[note 1][4][5][6] which sparked a controversy that earned him significant media coverage. He says he opposes the bill because he believes it mandates compelled speech, which violates freedom of speech in his view. However, many people believe he is transphobic, citing the fact that he is opposing a bill that adds gender identity and gender expression as protected groups according to the Canadian Human Rights Act.[7][8]

At the Canadian senate hearing of Bill C-16, Senator Ratna Omidvar asked Peterson how the bill's proponents could reconcile his objection to the bill and opposing gender-based discrimination. Peterson's response was,

I oppose discrimination against gender identity and gender expression, that's not the point. The point is the specifics of the legislation that surrounds it and the insistence that people have to use compelled speech. That's what I'm objecting to. I've dealt with all sorts of people in my life. People who don't fit in in all sorts of different ways. I'm not a discriminatory person...but I think this legislation is reprehensible and I do not believe for a moment that it will do what it intends to do.[9]

Interestingly, actual lawyers don't seem to agree with his interpretation of the bill.[10]

Reactionary fans[edit]

Given that his objections to C-16 resonate with many people, including transphobic individuals, it is unsurprising that many of his fans are reactionaries. Such fans like and support Peterson for his opposition stance to the bill but also due to his view of IQ being a huge determiner of cognitive ability[11] (which the "race realist" reactionaries love to cite), his views on the psychological differences between men and women[12] (which the sexist reactionaries all love), sympathetic views towards conservative values,[13] being hugely anti-Marxist[14][15] and for defending Christianity.[16][17][18]

This has led him to be interviewed by a whole slew of famous reactionary stars, including Carl of Swindon,[19] Stefan Molyneux,[20] Joe Rogan (who called his first interview with Peterson his favorite podcast he's ever done),[21] Dave Rubin,[22] and Theryn Meyer, "Reasonable Trans Person".[23]

Postmodernism[edit]

Peterson seems to not like postmodernism that much, looking at the completely reasonable amount of videos on YouTube he has done on the subject.[24][25][26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38][39][40][41] He treats postmodernism as a serious problem facing academia. Despite being a "free speech advocate", Peterson seems confident enough that postmodernism is a threat to make a website targeting "corrupted disciplines".[42] He's also repeatedly called for these programs to be ended, "the sooner the better."[43]

Media[edit]

Peterson appeared on the H3 Podcast in November 2017.[44]

Notes[edit]

  1. This bill added gender expression and identity to the list of protected groups.

References[edit]

  1. https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=wL1F22UAAAAJ&hl=en
  2. U Of T Profs Say That Jordan Peterson Is Building "A Climate Of Fear And Intimidation. Buzzfeed News. November 10, 2017.
  3. https://www.youtube.com/user/JordanPetersonVideos
  4. https://www.youtube.com/49f58079-325e-4fe0-a0ef-921e01980474
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnIAAkSNtqo
  6. http://torontoist.com/2016/12/are-jordan-petersons-claims-about-bill-c-16-correct/
  7. https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/university-of-toronto-professor-defends-right-to-use-gender-specific-pronouns/article32946675/
  8. http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/petition-calls-for-potentially-dangerous-peterson-yiannopoulos-to-be-kicked-off-ballot-for-university-rector
  9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnIAAkSNtqo&t=2474s
  10. http://www.cba.org/CMSPages/GetFile.aspx?guid=be34d5a4-8850-40a0-beea-432eeb762d7f
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSo5v5t4OQM
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cmg4fV5mAKs
  13. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nyw4rTywyY0
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLoG9zBvvLQ
  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8p2QfjaSIUo
  16. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKG4_psaC9k
  17. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28i3lWxW5xs
  18. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDXHlOnKmdI
  19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJMCQ94t98k
  20. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcEJr8h_yGM
  21. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USg3NR76XpQ
  22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJSJcPKA1Ug
  23. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkmzdiJXwaA
  24. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkmXwByGmjc
  25. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyzSrtr6oJE
  26. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPojltjv4M0
  27. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhPUxmrQqS0
  28. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAncrmE6YV0
  29. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Urd0IK0WEWU
  30. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTxmKc80wUw
  31. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01wGv0ZxNEg
  32. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4c-jOdPTN8
  33. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCfIuFmULkg
  34. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4qiEVduSfE
  35. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kruFvbFr3Io
  36. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw8-NPAN0C8
  37. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSVaYr8zBOM
  38. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSzpc2vh8Ow
  39. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DucmJEVr5vo
  40. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VwG6oaFxJs
  41. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AjoeBFW1vw
  42. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/11/10/u-of-t-profs-proposed-website-would-target-professors-teaching-womens-and-ethnic-studies.html
  43. https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/11/10/u-of-t-profs-proposed-website-would-target-professors-teaching-womens-and-ethnic-studies.html
  44. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx4ltQhdlhg&spfreload=10