Jordan Peterson debunks the myth of male-dominated patriarchy
Let liberals allege that patriarchy is the underlying cause of the current state of male domination. Men hold exclusive decision-making power in their families and communities and occupy all positions of authority, money, and influence—and it’s toxic.
But for psychologist professor Dr. Jordan Peterson, patriarchy and “toxic masculinity” is a myth perpetuated by the “progressive left” at war with conservative values.
The burden of an oppressive patriarchy
Dr. Jordan Peterson argues that in today’s society, there’s nothing more important than a woman’s career once they turn 18. It used to be that motherhood is a woman’s greatest contribution to society, but liberals have labeled it a cult of domesticity.
There is also an implicit idea that having children is a burden that is an integral part of the oppressive patriarchy—therefore, it should be resisted. After all, who are men to tell women what to do with their bodies?
Patriarchy in the Bible
Clearly, redefining patriarchy today through the lens of left-liberals is rooted in demonic ideology. In the Bible, the patriarch is a deeply held tradition that God instituted not to abuse others but to protect and uphold a weaker person.
God created man first in Eden and then created woman as his helper. The Bible instructs women to submit to their husbands but not to dominate others by taking on abusive leadership roles.
Men are also tasked to love, respect, and protect their wives, but not everyone does so, which should not invalidate patriarchy in the Bible. Ultimately, the neo-feminist movement’s fight against patriarchy is a mockery of God’s design and an attack on men
The myth of the gender pay gap
In the myth of male-dominated patriarchy, men are viewed as superior to women in all aspects. As a result, it is alleged that the domination has resulted in a “gender pay gap” and unfair treatment of women in the corporate world—which is not truthful, explains psychologist Jordan Peterson.
Women’s pay gap in sports
The left also claims women are paid much less than men in professional sports. For example, the average NBA player makes 9 million dollars for the 2022-23 season, while the average WNBA player gets only an average of $100,000. The NBA’s revenue is over $10 billion a year against WNBA’s, with around $200 million in 2023.
Women’s World Cup received $30 million, versus the men’s World Cup with $400 million in 2022. The men’s World Cup generated $6 billion compared to $131 million for women. Although women received 20% of total revenue, their 7% share implies they get more.
In short, the pay gap in sports is not sexists but proportionate to revenues. Hence, to argue the disparity is ridiculous.
Men pursue higher-paying careers
Left-liberals take tiny substrata of successful men and accuse men in general of masculine toxicity—discounting other factors as to why women appear to be far behind men in career and dominance.
Peterson argued that the gender pay gap is not solely due to discrimination but is also influenced by various factors such as personal choices, job preferences, and the hours worked.
On average, men may be more likely to pursue higher-paying careers and work longer hours, whereas women may prioritize family and work-life balance.
Men and women have distinct skill sets
One of Jordan Peterson’s clinical specialties is his domain expertise on personality traits, and he knows the literature behind it all too well. He debunks the gender myth using literature backed by at least three decades of research.
“Men are more likely to hold positions of power in government and business. However, this doesn’t mean that men dominate society as a whole,” according to Peterson.
The woes of men and women
The woes of men are similar if not greater than those of women. When a society needs to go to war, the men are called to the frontlines, not women. It doesn’t mean men are inherently more violent or dominant than women.
Men have traditionally worked in hazardous jobs, such as coal mining, construction, and infrastructure, including building homes and railroads.
Looking at the woes of women, “Most rape victims are women, but that doesn’t provide any evidence for the existence of a male-dominated patriarchy. It just means terrible things happen because terrible things happen to both genders,” said Peterson.
Men are interested in things
The differences between men and women are rooted in their DNA. For example, “On average: Men are more interested in things. Women are more interested in people. This is the most significant difference we know of, psychologically, between men and women,” he said in the Sklavan show.
On average: Men are more interested in things. Women are more interested in people.— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) August 24, 2021
This is the most significant difference we know of, psychologically, between men and women.
The Skavlan Show – October 2018. pic.twitter.com/dyFUeSAIIE
Women do not pursue these jobs
Electricians or plumbers are usually men. This doesn’t mean that they are dominating the electrical or plumbing industry. Instead, it reflects that women may be less likely to pursue careers in specific fields, and men may be more likely to have particular skill sets.
It’s the same reason men dominate engineers, while if you become a nurse, you are more interested in people than things.
Men face more challenges
Peterson further shows that men face unique challenges and vulnerability, not women. For instance, most homeless individuals and victims of violent crimes are men, predominantly men who die by suicide.
But this doesn’t mean that men are dominating society. Instead, it reflects that men often face unique challenges and vulnerabilities, particularly the pressure of being a man tasked to protect his family.
So why do some people insist that men dominate Western society?
According to Jordan Peterson, left-liberals focus on a tiny subset of hyper-successful men, such as CEOs and politicians, and use them to represent all men.
Hence, focusing solely on male dominance overlooks the unique challenges that men and women face in Western society. This can lead to misguided solutions that do not address the root causes of social inequality.
There are certainly areas where improvements can be made, such as in the representation of women in leadership roles and the treatment of sexual assault victims.
How God intended patriarchy
Although abusive patriarchy exists, it does not reflect the end goal of patriarchy in the Bible. The mandate of heaven is for man, especially the father, to love and protect his wife and children.