Don’t trick the customer

The problem with University of Toronto Professor Ken Zucker‘s Gender Identity Clinic for children and youth at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto when it was closed in 2015 was that the client was the kid rather than the parent, and the customer shouldn’t be tricked.

Gender identity isn’t about dolls or stereotypes and being transgender has been recognized as part of gender diversity for years. Why didn’t the CAMH Gender Identity Clinic get the memo?

Dr. Ken Zucker was head of CAMH until it was closed following an assessment brought on by complaints related to the care clients received there. As head, Dr. Zucker held a leadership role in a public institution. Part of that role was to ensure that the centre provided the best care possible for his trans, gender-variant, and gender-creative clients, in accordance with Canadian and global standards. The authoritative standard of care for professionals in this field is published by the World Professional Association of Trans Health, WPATH.

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Peterson’s Petulance Problem

Jordan Peterson is burdened by the impossible oppression of actually having a job.

Peterson, The Saviour of Grammar and Protector of Science

It turns out that this is a cautionary tale. When his employer requested that he address all students in class with the requisite courtesy customary of students, even if some prefer the singular they, Peterson took profound exception and flipped a proverbial table.  Refusing to yield to pressure to extend the same courtesy to others that he presumably expects for himself, Peterson went on a defiant rampage  declaring loudly and publicly:

“I’m not going to cede linguistic territory to post-modernist neo-Marxists” [1].

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