The University of Toronto has caved to students’ demands and told a professor who openly refused to use “correct gender pronouns” that he needs to refer to students as they wish.
Jordan Peterson, a psychology professor, received a letter from the university that demanded he address students by whatever pronoun they want—not just ‘he’ or ‘she’—and stop making public statements on the topic.
The letter, signed jointly by arts and science dean David Cameron and faculty and academic life vice-provost Sioban Nelson, claimed the university is committed to free speech but that right has limits.
“Your statements that you will refuse to refer to transgendered persons using gender neutral pronouns if they ask you to do so are contrary to the rights of those persons to equal treatment without discrimination based on their ‘gender identity’ and gender expression.’
“We trust that these impacts on students and others were not your intention in making these remarks,” the letter says. “However, in view of these impacts, as well as the requirements of the Ontario Human Rights Code, we urge you to stop repeating these statements,” the letter said.
Peterson told the Toronto Sun that he’s “not happy” and “disappointed” with the decision, adding: “They had to make their decision whether they were going to make a stand for free speech or whether they were going to censor me and they’ve decided.”