Jordan Peterson Calls the Left's Anti-Masculine View of the World 'Dreadful' and Pathological'
Tucker Carlson debuted a new series on his Fox News program Wednesday night that focuses on the plight of men in America. In the first installment of “American Men Are in Crisis,” Carlson discussed the disparagement of masculinity with University of Toronto Professor Jordan Peterson. Peterson is a professor of psychology, a clinical psychologist, and a public speaker who has ignited major controversies on campus by critiquing political correctness. His refusal to use gender-neutral pronouns has lately triggered SJWs into protesting him wherever he goes.
Carlson started off the segment by noting that boys seem to be falling behind girls in the United States.
"Why do you think that is?" he asked Peterson.
"I think that's partly a consequence of directed policy," Peterson answered. "It's linked to the idea that there's something wrong with masculinity, and so that the expression of masculinity should be limited in all sorts of arbitrary ways."
He continued: "The fact that kids really can't really play anymore at schools anymore is a manifestation of that. The fact that male behavior is often diagnosed as attention deficit disorder, for example, is a manifestation of that." Peterson explained that competition is "a valid form of human interaction," but people fail to recognize that competitive sports "are deeply cooperative in their fundamental nature -- as long as everyone is playing by the rules, obviously."
Tucker asked why there is this societal attempt to deemphasize or punish masculinity.
Peterson explained that "it's part of an ideological worldview that sees the entire history of mankind as the oppression of women by men, which is a dreadful way of looking at the world -- a very pathological way of looking at the world."
The professor said that men and women have lifted themselves up over the millennia in a "cooperative endeavor," and for feminists to characterize the history of the world as "centuries of the oppression of women by men" is an "absolutely reprehensible ideological rewrite of history."
Peterson pointed out, however, that this is what is now taught in all the major universities and increasingly in public schools.
"It's very insidious, the ideological movement that's driving this part of the radical left," he explained.
His advice for parents of young boys was to "encourage them," meaning to "instill courage in them, to support their courage."
"That doesn't mean protect them from what's dangerous," he said. "It means teach them how to be competent and teach them that they can rely on themselves to prevail in even the darkest of circumstances."
Peterson also had some very specific advice for parents: "If you have your children in a school and they talk about... equity, diversity, inclusivity, white privilege, systemic racism -- any of that -- you take your children out of the class. They're not being educated, they're being indoctrinated," he declared.