Political correctness leaching its way into my Facebook mom’s group

I figure most of the people who come to this blog find out about it though my dad, Jordan Peterson. I’m happy about that, I don’t care how people get here, I just want them to know what kind of problems their diet is potentially causing. I generally avoid most of my dads “controversy” because I honestly think there are more important things for me to focus on. Mainly health. I also believe that mental illness accounts for a lot of the political problems we’re having now. People get anxious and depressed and look for outward sources of their inner pain. I believe the source is diet, Dad also believes it’s diet, but focuses on other sources (personality, lying, etc.)

Today in a Facebook group I’m in (that I normally really like), something came up that bothered me enough I couldn’t ignore it.

When I was incredibly depressed, just beginning university, I used to be in Facebook arguments all the time. When the depression went away, I stopped caring. This Facebook post this morning was too much though, I’ve ignored a lot of annoying things in the group because it’s been helpful as a soon to be mom.

Just so you can understand the following:  according to a Google search:

trig·ger warn·ing
noun
  1. a statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc., alerting the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material (often used to introduce a description of such content).
    “there probably should be a trigger warning for people dealing with grief”

Here are the posts:

Literally a trigger warning to talk about food. Usually I can ignore something that stupid, but I pressed on it because, hey it’s about food.

 

Other than the fact I disagree with the documentary, isn’t it kind of ridiculous that she felt the need to post a trigger warning about a documentary about wheat? What on earth could possibly be triggering about that? And if you are triggered by that, maybe avoiding wheat based content isn’t the way to go about fixing that problem. So I wasn’t going to say anything yet but then I was reading the comments and lo and behold…

 

Someone actually felt like they NEEDED a trigger warning for food! So I couldn’t handle that. It was too much first thing in the morning.

 

I posted this and within one minute, there were two negative comments and the admin of the Facebook group was tagged. Someone tried to inform me of why to use trigger warnings, and the admin politely told me that she appreciated trigger warnings but that they weren’t mandatory. It was annoying but it was nice to see that I was still able to say something and not be completely hung out to dry. But then this:
Seriously!? First of all I can’t use the word “crazy” (and honestly I think I have the right to use that word, seeing my past craziness… and even if I didn’t have a past of craziness. Then she compares Celiac Disease to a trigger warning… Is that a joke?
THEN she takes my point about tile renovations and actually turns it around into a reason for a trigger warning.

   

I am no longer part of that group. I left. Obviously it was time for the annual Facebook cleansing. But I just wanted to write a quick post urging people to say something when something like this comes up. Politely disagree, or call out the stupidity so that other people know that not everyone thinks this way. I’ve been avoiding it because I don’t particularly like conflict (although I’m not as averse to it as probably the average person). But this is ridiculous.

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  1. Hi Mikhalia,

    Your Dad is THE man. Congratulations on overcoming your health issues.

    In a patreon Q&A your father said he pretty much just eats chicken and vegetables. I take it from my brief look over your blog that essentially you, your family and parents eat ketogenitically and only consume unprocessed foods.

    Is this pretty much it?

    Again, congratulations on overcoming your health issues. Congratularions and good luck on your pregnancy and congratulations on the engagement.

    Kind regards

  2. Also came here after your father mentioned this blog in his video, and what an uncanny surprise that you are just as down to earth and clear sighted as he is.

    You both write from the heart with an unapologetic fairness, rationality and sincerity.

    Please, continue reproducing these glorious genetics!

    Also pleasing to discover that you are indeed beautiful considering your father has a philosopher’s face, although I suppose not surprising…

    Warmest regards from Australia and do forgive the bluntness, we are like this 🙂

  3. I have ovarian cysts pretty much on and off and I have been recommended by a couple of doctors here in Romania not to eat any bird due to the hormones that meat might be high on. That’s so sad, I love chicken a lot.

    1. I have a friend who’s on a similar diet to mine (limited grains, no dairy, no legumes) who has had success with treating polycystic ovary syndrome. She doesn’t seem to have a problem with chicken, but she buys hormone free/ antibiotic free meat. Can you get that?

  4. A long time ago trigger warnings used to actually mean something. They were used for things like graphic descriptions of death, rape and other extreme violence. It has become absolutely ridiculous these days! Trigger warnings to talk about every little thing under the sun waters it down to such an extent it’s meaningless anymore.

    I’ve also wondered why we needed to let every type of person or group know we’re thinking of them with every post we write. A while ago I was in an online group where a flamewar broke out because someone who had recent scars on their skin asked when they would turn white again. People flipped out because the person didn’t explicitly direct the question to white skinned people and therefore was excluding darker skinned people.

    The original question seemed obvious who it was directed toward but the moderators and group agreed that if you wanted to ask a question about white skin you had to somehow include dark skin as well – just to let them know you’re thinking of them.

    The group was crazy in a lot of other ways so I ended up leaving. It’s noteworthy this was 10 years ago and now seems to be coming to life in the real world today.

  5. I don’t know, at first I was confused why food needs a trigger warning but I realized people with eating disorders would be the target. It’s a community group and if a person wants to offer the trigger warning, I don’t have a problem with it.

  6. Hi Mikhaila-

    I found your blog through watching your dad’s videos. I wish everyone could have him as a teacher in school. I only found him now, at 40…all the crap I could have avoided if I only heard his words sooner! Hope his students know how lucky they are. He always says great things about you too. He’s a proud dad!

    I also have auto immune (poly rheumatism and hashimotos) and have basically cured it with diet and backing off of exercise (yeah, working out 7 days a week was too much). I was on too much medication for the pain and swelling. And the synthetic hormones for the hypothyroid/hashimotos made me super sleepy but I couldn’t sleep. The medication is the top prescribed synthetic hormone in the US. I do believe the government is doing its best with food, medicine and vaccines to make sure we are compliant and complacent people. That we are lethargic and go along obediently. Don’t think for ourselved.

    I was introduced to the “low thyroid diet” which is basically cutting out inflammatory foods. After 2 years, I lost 70lbs and have no more inflammation. I am happy to hear so many other people waking up and doing their own research to fix their health. The doctors, to this day, tell me that the food isn’t influencing my results…but I am 0% medication (including antibiotics) – only take vitamins. I am looking into your list of foods you eat and they are similar to mine.

    As for “Mom’s clubs” – I have been there too- and if it isn’t one thing, it will be something else. They always know better than you, they judge other moms for how they parent if it is different from them, and they easily get offended. It’s hard being a mom. And the woman who said she is triggered by food and was happy for the warning…why was she reading the comments? Clearly she is triggered about the topic and jumped in anyway. You can never know what will trigger one person or another. We might as well start every post with “Trigger Warning” – when will this stop? Get a hold of your emotions. See the trigger, feel it, release on it and move the heck on!

    1. My kids are up and out, but I remember that time well. When I lived in affluent suburbs it was very bad and we wound up moving to a rural area. In the rural area no one seemed to have time to pick apart other mothers because they were busy with their own lives. I now think there is a mental health version of the hygiene hypothesis. When people don’t have real struggles their brains have nothing to work against and they create problems out of nothing similarly to how immune systems that have never confronted invaders turn on themselves. One of my kids turned into a snowflake in college and I am hoping she will eventually come around. My DIL who, like me, had a gnarly childhood is tough as nails and hard to offend also like me. Our troubles make us strong. I saw Jordan Petersen talk about his depression and it very much explains why he has dug deep into the ugly parts of our psyches and how to grow from the struggle. I was deeply depressed young and I learned a ton from it including how to better care for myself.
      To give you an idea of how awful moms were back in 1995 when my youngest was born, I got a 2 page letter of why I was a defective mother. I was afraid she was going to turn me in to social services. Avoid those women like the plague, they are vile.

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