Jordan Peterson, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto, has testified against the Canadian Bill C16, which proposes to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination.
The full video can be seen above.
According to a summary of the Bill on OpenParliament, the Bill will seek to amend “the Criminal Code to extend the protection against hate propaganda set out in that Act to any section of the public that is distinguished by gender identity or expression and to clearly set out that evidence that an offence was motivated by bias, prejudice or hate based on gender identity or expression constitutes an aggravating circumstance that a court must take into consideration when it imposes a sentence.”
“The idea that identity is something that you define purely subjectively is an idea without status as far as I’m concerned,” Peterson said in his opening statement.
“I also think it’s unbelievably dangerous for us to move towards representing a social constructionist view of identity in our legal system, the socialist constructionist view insists that human identity is nothing but a consequence of socialization, which there is an inordinate amount of scientific suggesting that that happens to not be the case.”
“The people who are promoting that sort of perspective, or at least in part because the people promoting that sort of perspective, know perfectly well they have lost the battle completely on scientific grounds,” he continued.
Later in the testimony, Peterson described the silence in educational discussion around gender identity.
“It’s already the case and I’ve seen this among my own students when they’re teaching personality, which is what I teach, which also involves assessment of gender differences between men and women, that the proclivity now is for the advanced Ph.D. students to avoid any such discussions in their classrooms because the potential cost of transgressing against an unknown norm, let’s say, is so high that it’s just easier to teach other things.”