The End Dress Codes collective would like to see an end to Jordan Peterson’s employment at the University of Toronto, for a variety of reasons.
First, we’re a bunch of Social Justice Warriors — what did you expect?
Second, some of us are U of T alumni, and some of us are current U of T students. We care about the institution, and about the climate on campus.
Third, some of us have taught students who were transitioning, and some of us have taught students who waited until they graduated — and, in some cases, moved on to supposedly safer post-secondary institutions — to transition. We know how vulnerable, and how brave, nonbinary and transgender youth are, and we care about what happens to them, both inside and outside of our classrooms.
Fourth, school dress codes are, in part, a trans issue. School dress codes implicitly refer to clothing conventions based on a rigid gender binary, and school dress codes embolden school staff to police students’ gender expression. Our call for an end to school dress codes is, in part, a call for schools that affirm the existence and dignity of trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming students.
Fifth, we’re not even going to get into J.P.’s misogyny or his palling around with white supremacists or his doxxing of activists or his attacks on his colleagues. Suffice it to say that the man is a mess.
Please consider signing and sharing this open letter that calls for the termination of Peterson’s appointment at U of T.
And please listen to what students, especially trans and nonbinary students, have to say about this issue. Over the past week or two Kira Williams wrote her own open letter to the president of Laurier; Jay Rideout wrote an essay in Laurier’s student newspaper; the Record spoke to gender nonconforming students; Abigail Curlew wrote about recent events for Vice. In addition, both The Varsity and the McGill Daily have published editorials calling for Peterson’s termination.
In Peterson’s rhetoric, non-binary people aren’t human beings, they’re symptoms, or symbols, of postmodern neo-Marxism . . . or something. We end with Jeffrey Marsh‘s words:
If non-binary people are a metaphor for anything, it’s the chance we all have for radical self-acceptance.