05/11/2012 12:44 EDT | Updated 07/11/2012 05:12 EDT

Those Darn Women Should Learn Their Place


Like many of you, this week I watched a YouTube video featuring the Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, founder of The Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, or BOND. The 12-minute film, entitled, "How Liberal Women are Building a Shameless Society," is a vehicle for Peterson's, shall we say, "unique" take on life. There are no production values to speak of -- it's pretty much just him leaning on a see-through lectern in between a pair of plants.

As I watched Peterson talk, I jotted down a few notes.

(If you haven't seen it yet, and plan on reading the rest of this column, it'd be best if you take a few minutes now to watch the man in action.)

1:20 "The one thing I know for sure, without a doubt, (is that) women cannot handle power. It's not in them to handle power in the right way. They don't know what to do with it." I totally agree with this statement, with the one caveat that men don't know how to handle power either. History suggests most humans have no idea what to do when given power other than screw things up. Power is evil.

2:00: "When men were in charge, things were tougher and more solid." Not quite sure I understand. Things were indeed "tougher" in the past -- that is, there was no Internet, indoor plumbing, cars or good ice cream. But why does Peterson imply that tougher = better? Do you know what they didn't have when men were in charge? Fancy Lucite lecterns.

And for that matter, what does "solid" mean? If Peterson is using the term to suggest "predictable," then, yes, he's right. In the past, things were predictable: people were born, people died and not much else happened except war, poverty and cold winters. All the good stuff in between has developed as women have gained more freedoms.

2:15: "Women are degraded. They have no shame." Shame is an endangered personality trait for both men and women. But women have not degraded themselves by aspiring to greater privileges in education and successes in the job market. (I'm beginning to think this guy is less a misogynist and more just really, really stupid.)

3:37: It's "wedlock," not "wetlock." Wetlock is when, like, you're somewhere wet and you can't get out. Having sex out of wetlock, it seems to me, is preferable to having sex in it.

5:02: Wait, did he just burp on stage? Where's your shame, man?

5:07: "The woman has the right to choose. It's about WOMEN!" Nope, I was wrong before -- Peterson is indeed a crazy-ass misogynist. The argument here is subtly different from his original one. Earlier, he was making a comment about women's actions -- that they have degraded themselves. Here, he takes aim at the fundamental right of a woman to act of her own will. If Peterson had it his way, she wouldn't be allowed to make choices at all.

6:29: You know what's shameful? Wearing a feces-coloured, double-breasted suit unbuttoned with no tie. BOND member James would not approve.

7: 27: "Another big mistake is to put women in power positions...because they can't handle stress. They can't handle anything. If you walk up to them with an issue, they freak out right away." Yes, I'm sure they do freak out right away when the "issue" you walk up to them with is that women can't be trusted in "power positions." I imagine being confronted with the valuelessness of your existence would cause one to become stressed.

7:54: "They (women) don't have love." What about Courtney Love? Or Jennifer Love Hewitt?

7:57: "Women who know that I'm right, you gotta speak up about this, too." Yes, women who agree with this guy, please go out and spread the word to your friends...of which there are undoubtedly so many.

9:01: "Right now, 50 per cent of the voting population are women...There are more women out there voting than men now." Does not compute. If half the population of voters are female, then the other half must be male, right? Am I missing something? Do women count extra in the New Destiny?

10:09: "If you doubt me, all you have to do is open up your eyes and look around." (Opens eyes. Looks around. Still has doubts.)