Jordan Peterson isn’t a superhero — he’s the voice Gen Z needs

Jordan Peterson has been relentlessly attacked for the crime of teaching young people to take responsibility for themselves. But there’s nothing wrong with telling the boys to cheer up — in fact, it’s desperately needed.

The latest demonization of Peterson comes from actress Olivia Wilde. In an interview about her new film “Don’t Worry Darling,” Wilde revealed that the film’s misogynistic cult-leader antagonist is actually based on “this crazy guy Jordan Peterson, who is a pseudonym of the incel movement. Intellectual hero.”

Wilde sees incels — an online community of young men who feel rejected by women and often have hostile (even violent) feelings toward them — seeing Peterson as “a person who has legitimized certain aspects of their movement. People, because he’s a former professor, he’s a writer, he’s wearing a suit, so they feel like it’s a real philosophy that should be taken seriously.”

As Wilde describes it, the incel philosophy holds that women “must go back to their right place” while men are “in the right place”[feeling] The right to have sex with women. “

Wilde, who recently directed the film “Don’t Worry Darling,” told an interviewer that Peterson was the inspiration for her film’s main character — a misogynistic cult leader.
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As a young woman who has personally found great power in Peterson’s books and lectures, I know this is a completely false description.

While I’m definitely not an insider, I’ve read Peterson’s books 12 life rules A few years ago when I was a freshman in college. I also flipped through his expensive lecture library during the pandemic. While Peterson’s audience is definitely skewed toward men, his broader message isn’t gender-specific.

In fact, thanks in part to Dr. Peterson, when I was 19, I felt like the world was teetering on my side, but instead of succumbing to nihilism, I decided to take it easy, work hard, and start a career in journalism.

Self-Help of the Past, Part of the Moral Approach, Peterson's 2018 Bestseller
A self-help, part ethical approach to the past, Peterson’s 2018 bestseller “12 Rules for Living” has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.
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As a woman, I never felt like Peterson wanted to “put me back in the right place.” If he did, I, as a feminist, would flinch in horror. In fact, I found him to be one of the few cultural voices who pragmatically discusses the many challenges women face in balancing career and family aspirations.

Aside from Wilde’s views of Peterson being far removed from mine, he also took her attack very personally. In fact, when Piers Morgan asked about Wilde’s comments, the famous stoic psychologist choked up recently.

“People have been chasing me for so long because I’ve been talking to disaffected young people. What a horrible thing to do,” Peterson said, with tears in his eyes. “It’s hard to understand how demoralized people are – certainly a lot of young people fall into that category.”

In a recent appearance with Piers Morgan, Peterson expressed how much Wilde's words hurt him.
In a recent appearance with Piers Morgan, Peterson expressed how much Wilde’s words hurt him. “People have been chasing me for a long time,” he said.
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Peterson was then mocked mercilessly for this response. But he was right.boys Yes struggle.

Today, 60 percent of college graduates are women. One in six people aged 18 to 24 is neither in school nor working, and young people are disproportionately represented. At that age, men are six times more likely to commit suicide than women.

Young people without anchors – especially young people – need a role model.But Peterson was dragged into the quagmire for his crime of supplying admirers to his predominantly male audience, and even Equivalent to To the amazing Nazi villain Red Skull.

Chris Pine starring Wilde
Chris Pine starred in Wilde’s “Don’t Worry, Darling,” with his robot character Frank leading a creepy victory plan.
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Young people are lagging behind in almost every way. That’s why Peterson’s words of wisdom and encouragement are actually a service to society. Yet our society cynically believes that any male empowerment is inherently sinister, or in some way anti-feminine.

But empowerment is not a zero-sum game. Boys can be lifted up and girls can’t be pushed down.

Also, most of Peterson’s advice isn’t gender-specific. This is classic self-reliance wisdom: clean the room, stand up straight, organize yourself, take responsibility, and make yourself a respectable person before criticizing others.

Red Skull, evil villain
The Red Skull, the villainous villain of the Captain America comic book series; some social media users claim the character is very similar to Peterson.
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Perhaps more young people are flocking to this information because they need it more urgently. Young women are encouraged by the “girl power” message and are rightly told they can be whatever they want to be. Young people, on the other hand, are often told that their masculinity is inherently toxic and crave a similar empowerment.

As Peterson told Piers Morgan, “It’s really hard to see how many people die for a lack of words of encouragement — and how easy it is to provide them.”

His message was a young man – man and woman –Desperately need to be heard. The pandemic pulled the rug from under our feet before we had it firmly on the ground. Our education and career paths are derailed. We have no control over the world around us. Gen Z faces a very uncertain future in a time of chaos.

the only thing is Yes In the hands of young people today, it is their own actions. By teaching us to grow, take responsibility, and take control of our own destiny, Peterson preaches a message of radical individualism in a culture that seems to celebrate victims at every opportunity.

If asking young men to clean the house made Jordan Peterson a cult leader or a Nazi villain by today’s standards, it would be a big mistake.

rschlott@nypost.com

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