“I decided every piece of information I received about a woman, I would think, ‘how does that benefit the patriarchy?'”
A New York Times columnist expressed Friday her apprehension about a shower mural that resembles a lobster, saying it reminded her of Canadian public intellectual Jordan Peterson.
Lobsters have been associated with Peterson since he wrote about them in his 2018 best-seller, “12 Rules for Human Life: An Antidote to Chaos.”
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Jen Gunter, a Canadian gynecologist who writes on women’s health issues in a monthly column for The Times, tweeted out a photograph of a shower mural to her more than 150,000 followers on Twitter.
“I suppose this is meant to be a street lamp, but it looks like a lobster and so this shower seems like it has a very creepy JP vibe,” she wrote.
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A commenter on Gunter’s tweet said that the design on the shower wall was likely a Benson Bubbler, an iconic type of drinking fountain found mostly in Portland.
If you're still in Portland, that's probably a Benson Bubbler (fancy water fountain) pic.twitter.com/i9bXuAr9nW
— Sasha 🌟 (@StillSashaBear) April 5, 2019
Gunter’s disdain for Peterson likely stems from the widespread perception among progressives that the University of Toronto professor is a champion of the patriarchy. Gunter is an avowed sex-positive and body-positive feminist.
In an interview with Portland newspaper Willamette Week published last month, Gunter revealed that she views her work as “an extension of feminism.”
“I decided every piece of information I received about a woman, I would think, ‘how does that benefit the patriarchy?’ I would look at it through those eyes,” she said. “It’s like a red pill: Once you’ve done it, you can’t see it in any other way.”
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Gunter’s philosophy contrasts sharply with Peterson’s, a clinical psychologist who The Times called a “Custodian of the Patriarchy” and who has expressed skepticism toward the premise that Western society is male-dominated. Peterson has on multiple occasions engaged in high-profile clashes with feminists.
“Jordan Peterson is an embarrassment to Canada,” Gunter tweeted in 2018.
He is just so fucking gross
— Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) May 19, 2018
Peterson’s ascendant public profile and fiery debates with adherents of progressivism has led to his status as an ideological lightning rod. For many feminists and liberals, Peterson is a reactionary threat to societal progress, and a symbol of everything wrong with the patriarchy. Meanwhile, champions of the University of Toronto professor view him as a much needed dissident voice in the culture.
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