A University of Toronto psychology professor is protesting a law that would force him, and other faculty, to use individual pronouns for transgender and other gender nonconforming students.
Jordan Peterson was sent a letter Tuesday that informed him that he must refer to students by their pronoun of choice— not exclusive to just ‘he’ or ‘she’. The letter also stated that he must refrain from making any public statements on the topic.
This is just the latest in the saga of Peterson, whose comments about transgender students made headlines and ignited outrange in the university community. These opinions were brought to light after the professor began an online lecture series in which he scrutinizes political correctness, including the use of genderless pronouns.
never heard so much sighing on a CFRB panel as when trying to process points made by Jordan Peterson
— Twelve Thirty Six ? (@1236) October 20, 2016
In a YouTube video of one of his hour-long lectures titled “Fear and the Law,” Peterson disapproves of the notion that a person can identify as anything other than male or female. He also suggests that the human resources department at the university is accusing its staff of “implicit racism (and) fundamentally implicit bias,” by requiring them to undergo sensitivity training.
Dr. Peterson is not willing to back down. In fact, since receiving the letter, he has made videos and posted them as recent as Wednesday. He continues to refuse to use genderless pronouns, but wants it known that he is not against transgendered people. His main issue seem to lie within the Bill C-16 itself, citing that it is “not specific enough”. Peterson claims the laws meant to fight discrimination are “vague and poorly-written”, and that freedom of speech is being threatened by the federal government and the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
I was glad to vote for #BillC16 today as it passed second reading. We’re one step closer to protecting the rights of trans people in Canada.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 18, 2016
So, Bill C-16 marches closer to law. Watch your mouth citizens: you must now use gov't-approved words. You just don't know it yet. https://t.co/kzKDnb3KMP
— Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) October 19, 2016
“All it will do is produce a huge tangle in the legal system and a lot of ill will, and I think most of that will eventually be directed against people who are visibly different,” he said.
He also adds that it’s “hard to tell” if he will keep his job, but he intends to continue with his online lecture series.
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