This is important, friends.
From the Toronto Star:
“A controversial University of Toronto psychology professor is making nearly $50,000 per month through crowdfunding, from a base of supporters that was ignited in large part by the professor’s anti-political correctness views.
Prof. Jordan Peterson, who made headlines last fall when he publicly refused to use gender neutral pronouns, has been using the fundraising platform Patreon since last March to subsidize costs associated with filming and uploading videos of his lectures to YouTube.
He is now harnessing his online clout with eyes on a new goal — to offer an online university degree in the humanities for which students pay only for examinations.”
Check out some of these numbers published in the Toronto Star.
“For about his first seven months on Patreon, Peterson earned about $1,000 per month. That changed last October, when he saw a dramatic increase in support, which has not slowed. The professor surpassed a fundraising goal of $45,000 on June 10, and is now aiming for $100,000 per month. On Monday, Peterson was making $49,460 every month from 4,432 patrons.
He is currently the 32nd highest-earning Patreon creator, of more than 75,000 people who are using the site to fundraise.”
A quick calculation tells me that he’s in the top five percent of fundraisers using Patreon. This is big news. This is evidence that there is a giant right-wing backlash coming, and it ain’t gonna be pretty.
If you haven’t been following Jordan Peterson closely, you may wonder if my views are even any different from his. They certainly are. Although I agree with Peterson on a couple of points–like that people shouldn’t be legally forced into using nonsensical pronouns for special snowflakes, and that the humanities have been taken over by a cult, our similarities end there because he is a right wing man and thus directly opposed to both feminism and socialism, which are my most important values.
Right wing men are against transgenderism because they think men should dress “like men” and women should dress “like women.” In other words, people should stick to the traditional gender roles that developed from women’s subordinate position in patriarchy. The underlying beliefs behind the idea that we need to stick to traditional gender roles is that everyone should be heterosexual and that the man is the head of the family and the head of society.
Left wing women are opposed to transgenderism primarily because it harms women, children, and gays and lesbians. We also oppose it because it is a neoliberal ideology that harms the left wing by being anti-materialist and taking us away from class consciousness, and also just because it makes no goddamn sense. However, left wing women support gender nonconformity and gay and lesbian rights, which makes our opposition very very different from right wing opposition. While the right believes that men in dresses should wipe off the makeup and put on a suit, gender critical feminists support anyone’s right to wear whatever they want and thus don’t mind a man in a dress. We do not believe that dresses change a man’s biology into female biology, because they don’t, but we are okay with him wearing one.
The opposition building up from the right is not just opposition to pronouns, it’s a deeply-held hatred for all things left, including support for minorities. In this same article from the Star, Peterson is also quoted as saying he doesn’t support employment equity.
“Peterson maintains, for instance, that the call for equity — levelling the playing field by prioritizing historically disadvantaged communities — is “so dangerous that it borders on treasonous,” and that the idea of socially determined gender is “just flat out wrong.”
This quote, which calls levelling the playing field for disadvantaged people “dangerous” and “treasonous” is just plain sickening. This is a man who wants white men to continue to be in charge.
Speaking of white men in charge, there has been an increase in white supremacist activity and hate crimes against various minorities in Canada since the rise of Trump. The right wing backlash is growing everywhere. Just this week there was a group of young white supremacist men in the news for disrupting a Mi’kmaq ceremony in Halifax for the purpose of reminding Indigenous people that white men believe they should have the right to rule over others. There have also been parents disrupting school board meetings and tearing pages out of the Qur’an to protest against the schools allowing Muslim students to pray at school.
I believe that it’s good to make material changes for historically disadvantaged groups. Usually changes that lift minorities up will cause those with systemic advantages to lose some of their privilege. Of course, those who have always enjoyed their privileges have a hard time giving them up, and they tend to lash out. The right wing was already not tolerant of the gains the left has made, and was already working on reversing them, and now that the left has gone completely crazy and has started dictating what pronouns people can and can’t use in the academy when addressing entitled and narcissistic university students, the right is way more angry than they were before. When they fight back, they’re going to hit hard. They’re not going to just fight back against transgenderism but against protections for all sorts of minority groups.
This is really ugly, and it’s in the Left’s best interest to take its head out of its ass and take a good hard look at what it’s been doing. By caving in to the demands of an increasingly unreasonable cult, we are destroying the left and galvanizing the right. The people who lose this fight will be women, racial minorities, the working class, gender nonconforming people, and gays and lesbians.