My Review of Jordan Peterson's Interview with Cathy Newman
Jordan Peterson is a sexy beast in this interview (or interrogation). Any rational person can see that the feminism of our generation has devalued and defamed femininity. Natural gender distinctions are now downplayed, dismissed, despised, or denied. As a result, women are now being sent into combat situations, subjected to grueling physical labor once reserved for men, exposed to all kinds of indignities in the workplace, and otherwise encouraged to act and talk like men. Meanwhile, modern feminists heap scorn on women who want family and household to be their first priorities, by disparaging the role of motherhood (which is most uniquely and exclusively feminine). The whole message of feminist egalitarianism is that there is really nothing extraordinary about women. That is certainly not the message of the bible, since it honors women as women, and it encourages them to seek honor in a uniquely feminine way (read Proverbs 31).
The bible never discounts the female intellect, or downplays the talents and abilities of women, or discourages the right use of women's spiritual gifts. But whenever the bible expressly talks about the marks of an excellent woman, the stress is always on feminine virtue. The most significant women in scripture were influential not because of their careers, but because of their character. The message these women collectively give is not about "gender equality." It's about true feminine excellence. And this is always exemplified in moral and spiritual qualities rather than by social standing, wealth, or physical appearance.
What's most ironic is that these ideas of radical feminism were an integral part of ancient Babylonian and Assyrian mythology as well as of Greek Gnosticism, which flourished throughout the Roman Empire during New Testament times, and posed a constant danger to the early church. Modern feminism is neither new nor progressive. It is age-old and regressive. For more information on this, I advise the following scholarly works:
The following is an excerpt from Capturing the Pagan Mind:
Compared to ancient Roman feminism, the present expression is an avalanche that sweeps all before it. Feminism is the most powerful movement of change in Western society during this recent revolutionary period. Feminism is not all bad. It brought some excellent changes to our society—an added respect for women and their giftedness, a clear identification of male chauvinism, a new sensitivity to various forms of abuse, and a need to define very carefully what we mean by patriarchy. However, movements, like swords, always have two edges.
A color photo of a nude woman with outstretched arms in the traditional place of Jesus Christ at the Last Supper is part of an art show, “Committed to the Image: Contemporary Black Photographers,” featured by the Brooklyn Museum. It is symbolic of the place women are claiming in our radically reconfigured world—Jesus as a naked woman. Is anybody confused? Many are—about their own gender identity. Social commentators document the “feminization” of the culture, evident in the military, sport, law, and the church, to name a few representative areas. The feminist approach has led to what some have called the feminization of American foreign policy. Richard Tarnas, in his best-selling The Passion of the Western Mind, sees this development as profoundly therapeutic: “The crisis of modern man is an essentially masculine crisis, and I believe that its resolution is now occurring in the tremendous emergence of the feminine in our culture.”
Masculinity is considered nearly pathological. Feminization will save us. There is no place here for “one-flesh” heterosexual marriage as the context where the masculine and the feminine meet and are reconciled and sanctified according to God’s design, where males are civilized and females granted real power. Rather, the new feminizing psychologists propose to heal our innate male and female egotism by various forms of androgyny: men must become more female. Such an approach creates all kinds of identity problems. Women must become more male by assuming autonomous power, and men must tone down their urge to forge ahead. So hampering the natural, God-given differences between men and women is socially corrosive to the essential structures of a balanced society, namely, marriage and the family.
The women’s liberation movement has tried to resolve the natural tension between two values—the importance of the individual and that of the larger community—by using its own deeply ideological analysis of sex and gender. For feminism, radical sameness is the solution for injustice. The following statement makes this clear. In the ideal, egalitarian world: “When we no longer ask ‘boy or girl’ in order to start gendering an infant, when the information is as irrelevant as the color of a child’s eyes … only then will men and women be socially interchangeable and really equal. And when that happens there will no longer be any need for gender at all.”
Such an attitude is not just theory. It has quickly been transformed into a kind of coed obsession. Male/female interchangeability rejects the notion of separate male and female spheres and translates immediately into campus coed bathrooms, coed high school wrestling, women reporters in the male locker rooms, and women on the front lines of combat. Journalist Anna Quindlen, with gender-neutral consistency, finds it unfair and insulting to women that they are not drafted. She agrees with Carol Forell of the University of Oregon School of Law, who states: “Failing to require this of women makes us lesser citizens.” Such feminist liberation has also given rise to the precipitous decline, since 1960, in the social prestige accorded to motherhood, the vertiginous collapse of the birthrate, and the unspeakable slaughter of the innocents, which increased dramatically when abortion was made legal in 1973.
According to a number of social commentators, like Mary Ann Glendon, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Wendy Shalit and Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, feminism has caused the community to suffer for the sake of the individual and has produced massive breakdowns in the social fabric of marriage and the family.