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Jordan Peterson: “There was plenty of motivation to take me out. It just didn't work."

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For our December 2018 issue, Helen Lewis interviewed Dr. Jordan Peterson. The controversial University of Toronto professor has become, in Lewis’ words, “a spiritual leader for young men who resent the feeling that they have to apologise for being male”. His divisive views on feminism, political correctness and the backlash against masculinity have attracted a significant audience: his YouTube channel has 1.5m subscribers; his tough-love advice book 12 Rules For Life has become a multi-million copy bestseller; and his speaking tour has sold out venues across the world.

As part of our 30th-anniversary dissection of masculinity, Lewis sat down with Peterson to challenge his arguments. Their combative encounter covered gender roles ("You certainly don’t want to socialise little boys to be more like little girls," said Peterson), #MeToo ("I suspect it probably did some good things and some terrible things"), the reaction against him ("There was plenty of motivation to take me out. It just didn’t work"), his all-beef diet and much more.

Read all about it in our new issue, and watch the video here:

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