Jordan Peterson, a psychologist from the University of Toronto, does a pretty good job of taking apart Cathy Newman's arguments in a debate on feminism.
I've always considered myself a feminist, have always deeply cared about social welfare, equality, voted for left wing parties in my country etc. However Peterson and a few others are starting to make me question certain parts of current left wing ideology. The debate above isn't really a fair contest, Newman doesn't listen to what Peterson is actually saying, has an emotional reaction to almost every topic, and throws strawman after strawman. Peterson calmly deals with it all and cites evidence for his opinions.
I aware much of my belief about feminism and social justice is based on assumptions, so when someone like Peterson comes along, who has a degree of intellectual rigour to his approach, it's easy to shake the foundation. I'm bringing this up here as, 1) most Buddhists I know are left wing and feminist, 2) I'd like to hear the opinions of others who have similar base views to me, based upon the Dharma (I'm talking to other non-Buddhist friends about it too).
Is anyone else currently feeling uneasy about trends in left wing politics (I'm sure almost all of us are already uneasy about the current right, to say the least, this isn't a question of left vs. right)? Does anyone else have an opinion on Peterson's points in the above video, or modern feminism in general? And finally can anyone suggest more rigorous modern feminist thinkers/academics I can read who would provide a balanced view to those of people like Peterson?