Jordan Peterson, a clinical behavioural psychologist currently on a
talking tour in New Zealand, has drawn protests over his criticism of
the #MeToo movement and his huge online following of disaffected
you're stuck, so to speak, in a small isolated community and there's
very little to do and no economic future and a fragmented community
because so many people have left, high rates of poverty and single
families and multi-generational histories of alcoholism and so forth,
you set the stage for nihilism and suicide," Dr Peterson said.
idea that these communities are viable is simply not the case."
Peterson has grown in popularity with conservative thinkers partly
due to his strong criticism of university academics and school
said boys in particular are not encouraged the way they used to be
and the talk of 'toxic masculinity' has missed its mark.
unshakeable belief of the radical left is that the West is an
unquenchably oppressive patriarchy and what that implies is that it's
the fault of men," he said.
what that implies is that any males ... who are ambitious and who
desire to take their place in the uppermost reaches of various
hierarchies of authority are actually contributing to the despoiling
of the planet and the fundamental oppression of women and minorities.
almost of all of that is complete nonsense."
Peterson said he never intended his message to be taken up so
enthusiastically by men, and that most of his students are women.
I think happened is that YouTube is 80 percent young men," he
do think that young men might find what I'm saying more necessary at
the moment than young women do because I think young women are
encouraged in multiple dimensions, in ways that young men aren't.
my entire academic career the overwhelming majority of my students
were women," he said.
was never any reason to assume that this was a message that was
specifically targeted to one sex."
Peterson will hold a second talk in Auckland tonight at the Logan
Campbell Centre before heading to Australia.