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Sandra Newman @sannewman
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OK, I've been working on a Jordan Peterson project, and this is a thing from his book Twelve Rules For Life which keeps haunting me, and which I haven't seen mentioned in any profile of him. 1/11
In that book, Jordan Peterson tells a story about a psychotherapy patient of his who told him she thought she'd been raped more than once. She drank a lot & often woke up with men not remembering what happened. She wasn't sure but she thought she might have been raped 5 times. 2/
Peterson treats this as a comic episode. He guffaws to the reader, "What does that mean… you THINK you've been raped?" And five times??? He is incredulous at the stupidity. Anyway, when women get drunk & stuff happens, it's all a big fog. That's what most "sexual assault" is.
Then he attacks this woman personally. He says she's never had a job. That she's been on welfare all her life. He sneers at her for doing volunteer work he believes she's too ignorant to do. He says she's never had any friends. That she can't think. That she "has no self". 4/
He says all she has going for her is her ability to dress herself up and masquerade as a normal person; that's how she manipulated her way into her unpaid work, which she has no right to have. He also says he never did determine whether she was raped or not. 5/
In fact, he says it would be impossible for anyone to figure out if she was really raped; she herself would never figure it out. She was too "vague" to know anything about her life. He says she could talk about it for twenty years without ever figuring it out. 6/
He tells the reader nothing about these possible rapes. He just keeps asserting it was impossible to know if they were rape. How this could be true of five different events he doesn't say. He seems to have no idea rape is a crime and it could matter if a rapist goes free. 7/
He also goes off on a tangent about child sexual abuse, saying there isn't nearly as much of it as people think, and anyway it doesn't necessarily harm children much. What does harm people is the way falsely accused men are torn from their families. 8/
He also gives enough information about the patient that anyone who knew her would be able to identify her. He finishes by saying she didn't complete her therapy because "circumstances made it impossible." Therefore, he says, she was still "ill-formed" when she left him. 9/
A stunning thing about this is that the title of the chapter is: "Rule 9: Assume That the Person You Are Listening to Might Know Something You Don't." He thinks this is an example of him BEING A GOOD LISTENER. 10/
Anyway, this is what Jordan Peterson did to a vulnerable psychiatric patient who was under his care. Just something to keep in mind when you hear people talk about him. If anyone asks you who he is, this is who he is. 11/11
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