As part of an hour-long YouTube lecture on political correctness, University of Toronto professor and clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson is objecting to the Trudeau government’s Bill C-16, which proposes to outlaw harassment and discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression under the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code.
Peterson, a white male in his mid 50s, also decries what he claims are attempts by the university to transform its human resources department into “a politically correct institution.”
The news was first reported by the University of Toronto student newspaper, The Varsity.
Gender identity is defined by the Ontario Human Rights Commission as “each person’s internal and individual experience of gender. It is their sense of being a woman, a man, both, neither, or anywhere along the gender spectrum.” The commission defines gender expression as “how a person publicly presents their gender,” which can include behaviour and outward appearance such as dress, hair, make-up, body language and voice, as well as a person’s name and the pronouns they use.
Peterson is critical of these terms and their definitions as outlined by the commission, and compares the changes Bill C-16 would bring about to the policing of expression in “totalitarian and authoritarian political states.”
He also argues against the existence of non-binary gender identities, or those that are not exclusively masculine or feminine, saying “I don’t think there’s any evidence for it.”
Peterson said that if a student asked him to be referred to by a non-binary pronoun, he would not recognize their request: “I don’t recognize another person’s right to determine what pronouns I use to address them. I won’t do it.”
The CDC currently has a vile public awareness campaign going around that boldly erases that transgender and gender nonconforming youth face the brunt of violence within the LGBTQ community.
Their excuse? They haven’t figured out the right metrics or terms to use to account for gender identity in their research.
This is unacceptable. Transgender/GNC folks didn’t just sprout up yesterday, we’ve been around. You’ve had decades to get this right and you continue to wallow in ignorance while trans folks of all ages experience poor interactions with the healthcare system and society at large.
I fixed the graphic, but we can’t let this go. #ProtectTransYouth
Also, some stats:
A 2013 survey of middle & high school LGBTQ students found 74% were verbally harassed for gender identity and 55% for gender expression.
72% of victims of anti-LGBTQ homicide were trans women and 67% of anti-LGBTQ homicide victims were trans women of color in that same report.