Human rights

Jordan Peterson’s battle with Canada is about free speech, not gender fluidity

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 04 April, 2018, 1:37pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 04 April, 2018, 1:37pm

Interesting that your columnist Alex Lo conflates a threat of a slap with a threat of beating up, in his commentary on the spat between Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson and Pankaj Mishra (“What a rant by the West’s ‘hottest intellectual’ Jordan Peterson says about gender fluidity, Trump and threatened white males”, March 29).

Interesting also that he misrepresents Peterson’s position on gender pronouns. Peterson has repeatedly pointed out that his objection is not to people choosing terms by which they wish to be addressed, but to the state, Canada, requiring these terms to be used.

He objects not to gender fluidity but to the state’s imposition of speech requirements on its citizens, a breach of a right to free speech.

Christopher Heneghan, Abergavenny, UK