• University of Toronto
    University of Toronto
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Jordan Peterson considers himself an “anti-political correctness warrior” who came to attention following the publication of YouTube videos in which he explained his refusal to recognize a person’s right to be referred to by gender-less terms such as “they”.  As such, he has been outspoken about his opposition to anti-discrimination legislation meant to protect the rights of transgendered people, describing them as “dangerous, totalitarian and a threat to his own free speech.”[1]

A transgendered University of Toronto student who is the student union’s vice-president of university affairs has argued that, following Peterson’s remarks, “a lot of trans students, as a result of not only the climate but direct death threats they were receiving, stopped going to class.”[2] Peterson argued that he would not honor a student’s request to be referred to by a non-binary pronoun, saying “ I don’t recognize another person’s right to determine what pronouns I use to address them. I won’t do it.”[3]

[1] Chiose, S. (June 2, 2017). Jordan Peterson and the trolls in the ivory tower. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved from https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/jordan-peterson-university-of-toronto-free-speech-crowdfunding/article35174379/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&

[2] Winsa, P. (Jan. 15, 2017). He says freedom, they say hate. The pronoun fight is back. Toronto Star. Retrieved from https://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2017/01/15/he-says-freedom-they-say-hate-the-pronoun-fight-is-back.html

[3] Craig, S. (Sept. 28, 2016). U of T professor attacks political correctness, says he refuses to use genderless pronouns. National Post. Retrieved from http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/u-of-t-professor-attacks-political-correctness-in-video-refuses-to-use-genderless-pronouns

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Nicholas Rule, Chair of the Department of Psychology

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PUBLICATIONS:

  • Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief (1999)
  • 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos (2018)

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