Hollywood’s recent feature-length attack on Jordan B. Peterson is the latest iteration of the secular West’s war on men. The film, “Don’t Worry Darling,” which The Federalist’s Victoria Marshall reviewed here, features a shadowy antagonist who is able to get young impressionable men to commit heinous acts through artfully produced digital communication. Per the film’s director, Olivia Wilde, this character is based on Peterson and was inspired by his ability to reach large audiences of young men.
For many young men, Peterson is a role model. His followers will glean, among other things, that they ought to “slay the dragon” within themselves and take responsibility for their own lives, they should make friends with people who want the best for them, and they can achieve their goals if they develop themselves into capable individuals.
Young men are starving for guidance, and Peterson is stepping up to tell them to take responsibility for themselves. He encourages them to be more than mindless drones whose highest pleasure in life is the fulfillment of their appetites. He offers them encouragement and hope at a time when their demographic is increasingly likely to drop out, overdose, and kill themselves.
Why is Peterson acting as a role model a bad thing? Why do cultural elites insist that telling young men they deserve a shot at happiness is the equivalent of unleashing an oppressive horde’s barbaric tendencies?
Consider the size of Peterson’s platform. Frankly, it’s an anomaly that someone with such a massive following uses it for such benign, let alone benevolent, purposes. What’s even more anomalous is that young men want to listen to him lecture them on being responsible.
And it’s not as though society is bereft of male influencers. After all, Dave Portnoy’s Barstool Sports churns them out by the dozen, and with the advent of TikTok, it seems as though with each passing month a new Andrew Tate-esque figure triggers the algorithm. And this is fine, people like this serve a purpose and have a role; they provide entertainment. But people don’t — rather they ought not — look to professional gamblers, comedians, and shock jocks for life advice.
Men like this — except for Tate, who was arguably unpersonned by Big Tech for being too effective at criticizing things the powers that be didn’t want criticized — don’t pose a threat to the leftwing orthodoxy, but Peterson does.
Peterson encourages men to resist ideology, develop themselves into adept individuals, and take responsibility for their lives. Nobody insists that Alex Cooper from “Call Her Daddy” is evil for encouraging young women to practice infidelity, and nobody cares that Adam Grandmaison from the “No Jumper” podcast routinely talks about having drug-fueled orgies with his wife while promoting hardcore pornography to an audience primarily consisting of younger men. These people are lifted up as cultural icons. Cooper is treated as an Oprah-esque figure while Maison is in many ways a cult hero. Their worldviews and their lifestyles are congruent with current cultural priorities, why wouldn’t they be rewarded?
Peterson, on the other hand, tells young men to clean their rooms and to actualize the positive reality in which they want to live. And considering how Western culture has aggressively eschewed masculinity for at least sixty years, it really is not surprising that anyone attempting to uplift it is treated with scorn. But this shouldn’t be the case.
Contrary to the whims of the cultural left, gender and sex are immutable forces. Furthermore, in accordance with natural law, men occupy an important space and role in nature, despite the objections of social engineers. Peterson is attempting to nurture men into developing lifestyles and worldviews that allow them to live healthy and productive lives while occupying these roles in fulfilling ways.
As such, Peterson should be uplifted, not torn down. As societal trends continue hitting young men harder and harder, as more drop out, overdose, and burn out in a world that tells them they have no purpose, they will need a figure like Peterson to help them stay grounded and find their way back.
A world without someone like Peterson is a world with more men who turn bitter out of pain and isolation; nothing good can come of that. A world without someone like Peterson is one where nefarious personalities have more market space to malign the impressionable without a counterbalancing force.