Jordan Peterson believes 'enforced monogamy' will stop men committing violent crimes

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Controversial Canadian psychological professor Jordan Peterson has made a bold suggestion that would stop men from committing acts of violence.

The 55-year-old has risen in prominence in the past 12 months and has gained a following among far-right supporters due to his views on gender and equality, specifically his argument on the pay gap, which he believes cannot be put down entirely to someone's gender.

In January, he appeared on Channel 4 News in an highly-charged interview with presenter Cathy Newman, which resulted in her receiving threats and online abuse.

Peterson has now taken part in an interview with the New York Times, where the subject of Alek Minassian was brought up.

Minassian was the man responsible for the van attack in Toronto last month, which claimed the lives of ten people and injured 17 more.

He later declared himself to be part of a group known as incels, who can roughly be described as heterosexual men who are 'involuntary celibate' because no one will have sex with them.

The group has since evolved into a sort of male supremacist movement, but Peterson has offered a radical solution on how to fix this matter to prevent them from committing more crimes.

During the interview with journalist Nellie Bowles, Peterson suggested that 'enforced monogamy' could solve the problem. Peterson is quoted as saying:

He was angry at God because women were rejecting him.

The cure for that is enforced monogamy. That’s actually why monogamy emerges.

Half the men fail. And no one cares about the men who fail.

Nellie admits that she laughed at the absurdity of this statement which disappointed Peterson, who added in response.

You’re laughing about them. That’s because you’re female.

To illustrate some of his more questionable points, Peterson would use ancient myths to back up his arguments, like saying witches are real.

Yeah, they [witches] do. They do exist. They just don’t exist the way you think they exist.

They certainly exist. You may say well dragons don’t exist. It’s, like, yes they do — the category predator and the category dragon are the same category.

It absolutely exists. It’s a superordinate category. It exists absolutely more than anything else. In fact, it really exists. What exists is not obvious.

You say, ‘Well, there’s no such thing as witches.’ Yeah, I know what you mean, but that isn’t what you think when you go see a movie about them.

You can’t help but fall into these categories. There’s no escape from them.

Peterson, despite being a controversial figure has remained somewhat bulletproof during his ascension due to his status in academic circles.

Yet, the statements in the New York Times interview has seen him become a widely mocked figure on Twitter on the last day or so.

HT The Week

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