Yesterday on Twitter, Jordan Peterson had something of a “we hunted the mammoth to feed you” moment, demanding a little “gratitude” on behalf of the men who do the hard and sometimes dangerous construction jobs that we effete Twitter-readers allegedly refuse to do.
A little gratitude, eh? For whom? For the actual people who do the hard but necessary work to keep our society going — a group that clearly includes women along with men. (Do, say, nurses somehow not count as civilization-maintainers?)
Or are we supposed to give our gratitude to, well, all men, just because they share a gender with so many of those constructing high-rises?
Either way, the “protected and privileged” Peterson, who has turned an assortment of grievances into a surprisingly lucrative career as a social critic and advice author who doesn’t follow any of his own advice, is an odd candidate for working-class hero. As some of those responding to his little tweetstorm pointed out.
Some took on his blinkered misogyny:
Others mocked Peterson’s patronizing solemnity:
Still others asked Peterson the pointed question: What exactly have you done for people working these dangerous but necessary jobs?
Matumos has got a point, big man. What are you going to do about it?
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