It’s a word much-0verused. Especially in Britain.
But it certainly applies to Canadian intellectual professor Jordan Peterson.
If you’re not aware of Jordan, I’m overjoyed that I could introduce you.
Like the fantastic Thomas Sowell, Jordan has much to offer a thinking America; and in the video below, his gives abundantly.
While speaking with Helen Lewis for GQ in October, he was asked about the terribly oppressive patriarchy. In response came a dismantling somethin’ fierce:
“In what sense is our society male-dominated?”
“The fact that the vast majority of wealth is owned by men, the vast majority of capital is owned by men…”
Cue the Big Brain:
“That’s a very tiny of proportion of men. A huge proportion of people who are seriously disaffected are men; most people in prison are men; most people who are on the street are men; most victims of violent crime are men; most people who commit suicide are men; most people who die in wars are men; people who do worse in school are men.”
“[W]here’s the dominance here, precisely? What you’re doing is you’re taking a tiny substrata of hyper-successful men and using that to represent the entire structure of Western society. There’s nothing about that that’s vaguely appropriate.”
Helen should’ve stopped there. Turn off the camera; everyone pack up and go home. Instead, she tried:
“But I could say equally that most rape victims are women.”
“You could say that…but that doesn’t provide any evidence…of a male-dominated patriarchy.”
I’m wincing. Helen, don’t make another attempt. Back away, slowly.
“But there are almost no women who rape men…”
What the heck is happening??
“Well, yes…but that doesn’t mean that Western culture is a male-dominated patriarchy. The fact that there are asymmetries has nothing to do with your basic argument. This is a trope that people just accept: Western society is a male-dominated patriarchy. … [N]o, it’s not. That’s not true.
I could transcribe the rest of the segment, but it’s much better observed. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you brilliance:
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