Let me introduce you to Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania philosophy professor Wendy Lynne Lee, whose favorite topics of research seem to be feminism and Karl Marx. Weird how those go together so often these days. I reached out to Lee mainly because of a tweet I saw in which she called Jordan Peterson an incel, as seen in a piece on The Daily Caller News Foundation. She deleted the tweet when I came a-knockin’, but I’m not sure if she’s aware of this capitalist invention called technology, which allows me to take screenshots. So let’s take a look.
“Jordan Peterson: incel misogynist. Committed white nationalist.” It looks like she tries and fails to link to a database she obsessively updates, where she has apparently chronicled Peterson’s “decent into rank bigotry.”
So I’m supposed to take you seriously when you a) don’t know what an incel is and b) can’t spell. More on that in a bit. I reached out to Peterson and he said that “Lee has decided that it’s entirely acceptable to be careless with her words in relationship to me and my putative beliefs. Academics, whose trade-in-stock is words, should know better. She clearly believes (1) that her ill-advised statements are warranted, which they are not, and (2) that such actions, however ill-advised, are acceptable, ethically and factually.”
One of the biggest ideological struggles I’ve had over the past year or so has been deciding whether progressives like Lee smear others out of ignorance, or out of malice. I used to think it was just that they were simply stupid, but when peak stupidity comes so often from such highly-educated people, you can’t help but wonder if it’s done out of spite with an end-justifies-the-means mentality. I think Gavin’s also beginning to think that way.
Peterson, like any reasonable person, had no idea why Wendy branded him a white nationalist and said “I would counsel those who wish to bring forward such groundless accusations to be duly cautious. Such shots in the dark have a nasty habit of backfiring.”
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