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Canadian Association for Equality Media Advisory – For Immediate Release

Dismissing Angry Men Won’t Make Them – or Their Problems – Go Away

TORONTO, ONTARIO — (November 9, 2018)

Dear Editor of The Guardian:

This is direct response and open letter to the editor of The Guardian newspaper, regarding the article, Pity Jordan Peterson: Can a Giant Lobster Analogy Ever Replace a Sense of Humour? (Hyde, 2018)

Whatever one may think of Jordan Peterson, the “angry and disaffected men,” which Hyde wishes would be led away to their doom, are another story. It is easier to focus hatred on Peterson than to acknowledge that boys and men are indeed suffering from a multitude of serious issues. Many boys and men turn to Peterson after having their problems constantly
dismissed.

Such problems include high suicide rates, lack of funding for men’s mental and physical health, lack of services for male victims of domestic and sexual assault, workplace deaths, homelessness, discrimination in family and criminal courts, disenfranchisement in universities, increasing dropout rates in both high school and college, paternity fraud, parental alienation, and a general contempt of masculinity.

Ms. Hyde demonstrates this condescension herself. Young men are experiencing a failure to launch. They are disengaging from society and sometimes, tragically, they are disengaging from life altogether. This is evident by their suicide rates being three times higher than those of women.

For years men have been encouraged to shed their stoic machismo exterior and to open up about their feelings. Now, when they finally do, they are slapped down because some of those feelings, like anger and hurt, are not pretty. We would like to see The Guardian take a more mature response and take the issues of boys and men seriously. We should help them find
healthy ways to solve their problems.

CAFE wont be following Ms. Hyde’s advice to send them “into some kind of mountain from which they never returned.”

CONTACT
Justin Trottier
Executive Director, Canadian Association for Equality
jtrottier@equalitycanada.com
416-402-8856

The Canadian Association for Equality is committed to achieving equality for all Canadians, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family status, race, ethnicity, creed, age or disability.

REFEREENCES
Hyde, M. (2018, November 1). Pity Jordan Peterson. Can a giant lobster analogy ever replace a sense of humour? Retrieved from The Guardian.