An exciting Canadian visitor was in town recently, wowing audiences of young men across Australia. They are all part of the twenties-something fan club whose support has turned Jordan Peterson into a YouTube legend. His videos have been viewed over 150 million times.
Not bad for former Harvard clinical psychology professor who has also had an impressive academic career, having published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal papers with almost 6,000 citations. He was in Australia promoting his new book, 12 Rules for Life – An antidote to chaos, which is currently the top best-seller on Amazon Australia and other lists across the world.
Bettina Arndt Talks With Jordan Peterson
If you don’t know anything about him, a good place to start is to look at a recent interview he did with British television journalist Cathy Newman where he demolished the angry feminist’s attacks with rational argument, civility and good humour. The video has been viewed by over 8 million people.
One of the strongest themes in Peterson’s work is about helping young men. He’s one of the few well-known people willing to speak out about our male-bashing culture. He believes that is alienating young men, leaving many without hope or purpose. “Telling them they are patriarchal oppressors, tyrants in waiting is so stupid and destructive,” he says.
I had a fascinating in-depth conversation with Jordan when he was visiting here which covered everything from the ideological claptrap being taught in our universities, to his views on sexual harassment. Peterson asks how we can we tackle sexual harassment in the workplace if we don’t acknowledge that women wearing high heels and makeup to work is sexually provocative?
Peterson is mighty brave, speaking out about issues that few dare to discuss in public. The wise professor suggests, for instance, that marriage comes with a contractual obligation not to persistently refuse to have sex. Here’s his take on that – just a taste of a long, lively conversation with an amazing man.