Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 30, 2020 - Political Science - 256 pages
Until just a few years ago, gender dysphoria—severe discomfort in one’s biological sex—was vanishingly rare. It was typically found in less than .01 percent of the population, emerged in early childhood, and afflicted males almost exclusively.

But today whole groups of female friends in colleges, high schools, and even middle schools across the country are coming out as “transgender.” These are girls who had never experienced any discomfort in their biological sex until they heard a coming-out story from a speaker at a school assembly or discovered the internet community of trans “influencers.”

Unsuspecting parents are awakening to find their daughters in thrall to hip trans YouTube stars and “gender-affirming” educators and therapists who push life-changing interventions on young girls—including medically unnecessary double mastectomies and puberty blockers that can cause permanent infertility.

Abigail Shrier, a writer for the Wall Street Journal, has dug deep into the trans epidemic, talking to the girls, their agonized parents, and the counselors and doctors who enable gender transitions, as well as to “detransitioners”—young women who bitterly regret what they have done to themselves.

Coming out as transgender immediately boosts these girls’ social status, Shrier finds, but once they take the first steps of transition, it is not easy to walk back. She offers urgently needed advice about how parents can protect their daughters.

A generation of girls is at risk. Abigail Shrier’s essential book will help you understand what the trans craze is and how you can inoculate your child against it—or how to retrieve her from this dangerous path.

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Life-long liberal and supporter of LGBTQ rights. Let me be very, very clear: Abigail Shrier writes and considered, thoughtful, fair and hugely empathetic book about this very sensitive topic. I find it impossible to believe anyone who has actually read the book could come away with any other conclusion; if you find yourself concerned that this book might invoke "transphobia", ask yourself... What will ignoring this potential social contagion do to people who suffer from gender dysphoria and seek to pursue transition? Empathy is not a zero sum game, young girls do not deserve to be rendered disfigured and sterilized for falling into what they may perceived as a "fix-all." Trans individuals of the future do not deserve to pay for the followers of the present. Don't be a follower, read this book! 

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in an eerily similar fashion to homophobic authors of the 20th century, this author uses her intense transphobia to fuel 256 pages of wildly incorrect hate fueled assumptions. The author clearly has no understanding of basic biology, and just wrote this book to "trigger" liberals. She talks in circles and has no understanding of the impact of her statements to other ignorant readers. I wish she would have read something on the biology of hormones and sex before putting so much effort into this project.  

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Abigail Shrier is a writer for the Wall Street Journal. She is a graduate of Columbia College, where she received the Euretta J. Kellett Fellowship; the University of Oxford; and Yale Law School. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.

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