• Students at the University of Toronto are enraged that psychology professor Jordan Peterson is refusing to let people decide what gender pronouns he uses to address them.
• The student union released a list of demands which includes a forced apology by Professor Peterson and removal of his “transphobic and racist” lectures from Youtube.
• They also demanded “anti-oppression training” at all levels of the University.
• Professor Peterson is defying the students and says he’ll make even more of his controversial Youtube videos.
The University of Toronto Student Union has released demands for censorship and “anti-oppression” training after a professor publicly pledged not to use “correct gender pronouns”.
The University fell into disarray last week after it was been revealed that Dr. Jordan Peterson, a professor of psychology, had criticized political correctness and attacked a Canadian government bill criminalizing transphobic speech.
Peterson produced a series of YouTube video in which he’s heard saying: “I don’t recognize another person’s right to determine what pronouns I use to address them. I won’t do it.”
His defiance set triggered students into overdrive. They organized a protest and released a document urging the university to censure the lecturer and impose mandatory “anti-oppression” training for all faculty staff every semester.
The document claims: “Peterson has abused his position of power as a tenured professor and has tried to use his academic freedom to disguise his bigotry and prejudice as an intellectual disagreement.”
— ellie (@wannabeacademic) October 7, 2016
Here’s a list of all the demands:
- A public apology from Professor Jordan Peterson and a full retraction of his comments.
- Removal of his transphobic and racist lectures from YouTube.
- A town hall with President Meric Gertler, Provost Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President Angela Hildyard, and Professor Jordan Peterson, where community members can explain the issues that he clearly does not comprehend.
- Mandated anti-oppression training at all levels of the University of Toronto, including faculty and administration, to happen every academic semester.
- A commitment that the University of Toronto will take action to defend students and University community members in future instances where tenured professors have made prejudiced comments against an individual or group on the basis of race, sexual orientation, ability, sex, religion, gender expression, or gender identity.
The professor, however, isn’t giving in and vowed to produce more thought-provoking material on YouTube.
I will be spending more and more time making video lectures for YouTube. This is why: https://t.co/IF4cQimhbm
— Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) October 9, 2016