Irreversible Damage

Irreversible Damage

The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters

Book - 2020
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"Irreversible Damage . . . has caused a storm. Abigail Shrier, a Wall Street Journal writer, does something simple yet devastating: she rigorously lays out the facts." --Janice Turner, The Times of London

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.
Publisher: Washington, DC : Regnery Publishing, a division of Salem Media Group, [2020]
ISBN: 9781684510313
Branch Call Number: 306.768 SHR
Characteristics: xxiv, 264 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 11, 2021

A great follow up read would be “Histories of the Transgender Child” by Jules Gill-Peterson, as well as the research published by Stanford medical staff in January of 2020 about pubertal suppressants. Trans youth are not a trend. Puberty blockers are not irreversible and have been used on cis youth since the 90s, and not just for a year or two. Also, top surgery is not commonly performed on minors. Gender-affirming care is a very serious and carefully approached process, and is supported by major medical associations such as the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Endocrine Society, to name a few. As someone who works with trans youth, I can tell you it’s actually really cool to see how much happier youth are when they’re believed and given the freedom to explore who they are. As someone who, as an adult, has been on and off of testosterone, I can tell you I did not regret medically transitioning, even when I chose to go off of T. My experience as a nonbinary trans person has been one of gratitude towards having the space to explore gender through an informed consent model rather than a gatekeeping, gender binary enforcing model as was the mainstream view decades ago. Accessing gender affirming medical care saved my life. I would not be here today without it, and I can say the same for some of the youth I work with.
I would believe that this author is well-intentioned if she didn’t testify against expanding civil rights protections to queer and trans people, and if she didn’t cite outdated and misinformed research, or if she spent any time talking to and meeting trans youth.
Anyway, just wanted to recommend that people who read this do some more research, especially actually listening to trans people.

Apr 02, 2021

I saw the comment below by SunFisher was tagged as offensive even though all it said was "Excellent read. Well researched". WOW! It turns out some people may be trying to shut down varied discussion on this book. Sharing SunFisher's edited comment below so all can see since now that comment as been hidden due to the offensive tag some user put on it:

Did you know Bibliocommons (this website) has changed the default settings for everyone to hide anything tagged as offensive? So now, all users, all new users will not see anything tagged as offensive. Until they change their settings (and many users don't). Community members appear to be policing comments that don't match their viewpoint by tagging them as offensive so the conversation will be less diverse. Please give your feedback on this to Bibliocommons and their partner libraries. You can email or fill out this feedback form :

Apr 02, 2021

Excellent book. Very well done and a must read.

JCLCassandraG Mar 25, 2021

If you have found this book while trying to understand the transition of someone close to you, I beg you to look to real trans perspectives before reading a book by someone whose career is bankrolled by moral panic. Susan Stryker’s thoroughly researched books of trans history, Stephanie Brill’s books on parenting a trans kid, and Kate Bornstein’s super fun work on understanding gender identity & expression provide a fuller portrait of trans life & may even lead you to a new understanding of yourself.
One thing being a librarian has taught me is that anyone can publish a book about anything--it certainly doesn't make them an expert or even mean that the book is good or true. This book is a pseudoscientific hate screed masquerading as nonfiction. The author claims to support the trans movement, but in just the first twenty pages, she calls transitioning a “psychological ailment,” suggests young people are transitioning to avoid being sexually assaulted, and misgenders Brandon Teena, a young transman who was murdered after being outed in 1993. To file this level of hatred and confusion under the banner of "Support" is not only deceitful but violent. It also tells me that the author has an agenda that is unconcerned with reality. Throughout the book, pronouns are used as the author sees fit (trans men are only given he/him pronouns—for example—if they pass as men according to her visual standards), interviews about trans teens feature the parents & never the teens themselves, and few sources are cited because there’s hardly anything concrete or factual to back up. A few trans YouTubers featured in a section called "The Influencers" have already spoken out about the author misrepresenting or totally manipulating their stories/interviews. Beyond this, one of the surest signs of bad investigative journalism is someone with no ties to the subject repeatedly making a book about herself; I guarantee you won’t go a few pages without the author telling you some irrelevant and completely boring personal anecdote.
This particular brand of impossible-to-cite / fake-anecdotal “Queers Are Coming For the American Family” rhetoric has been used to deligitimize/criminalize queer & trans existence since the McCarthy era stoked the flames of 20th century homophobia (in ways that have impacted healthcare and employment for lgbtq+ people to this day no less). It's old hat--paranoia sells. If you're new to this topic, I hope you'll look for a book in our catalog that considers trans perspectives.

Mar 22, 2021

To those who are “disappointed “ that this book is on the shelves of VPL, I would ask “Are you in favour of censorship?”. Surely a library is a place where open discussion of alternative viewpoints should be encouraged. It is your right to disagree, but not your right to suppress those books with which you disagree.

Mar 09, 2021

Very well researched book with statistical evidence. Unfortunately the author tends to insert her opinion to interpret the facts and I think the book would stand stronger alone with hard science and statistics, especially given the resistance it met. For example, in one section she comments she wonders what might have occurred if the parents had feigned outrage at earlier points in the teen's life rather than giving her everything she wants. Well, how would we know? It's only speculation and it's moments like this that I could see someone who has bought into the trans ideology being turned off by this book. She also interviewed adults in the "influencers" chapter and based on their youtube videos, many of them were unhappy with how the interview was conducted and interpreted.

This book is focused on the trend of gender-confused teens and only teens. She does not argue or provide statistics for gender dysphoric adults, which some of the controversy seemed to rest on. She noticed a trend of clusters of transgender teens and felt compelled to research the "why" of it. The point of the book is not to disprove gender dysphoria or to promote "transphobia" as has been criticized, but to research teenage girl behavior and why they are more susceptible to this.

Mar 03, 2021

Excellent read. Well researched.

Above line "Excellent read. Well researched." was tagged as offensive by some community member. Did you know Bibliocommons (this website) has changed the default settings for everyone to hide anything tagged as offensive? So now, all users, all new users will not see anything tagged as offensive. Until they change their settings (and many users don't). Community members appear to be policing comments that don't match their viewpoint by tagging them as offensive so the conversation will be less diverse. Please give your feedback on this to Bibliocommons and their partner libraries. You can email or fill out this feedback form :

Feb 28, 2021

Poorly researched and repeatedly factually inaccurate. This book is designed to generate fear and horror in those unfamiliar with actual medical and mental health practices around gender issues by misrepresenting them to the point of lying. This book also wildly misrepresents: What we know about how many people identify as LGB vs. T, the various stigmas and barriers of these identities, the health outcomes of the medically recommended practices vs. the approach this author advocates for, and more. Given all the misinformation, it's unsurprising that she leaves out the actual voices and perspectives of many of the adolescents she speaks of (many of whom she never even interviewed). We know that gender affirmation reduces substance abuse and suicide, and that conversion therapy and related practices for transgender youths increase risky behavior and suicide. We also know that misinformation like that contained in this book increases abuse of transgender people, including physical assault and abuse. This book puts our youth in danger. Transgender youths deserve better- and so do the families who love them and who want real, evidence-based information.

While I understand the free speech arguments in favor of libraries purchasing books that are known to be inaccurate, I am nevertheless disappointed to see this on the shelves. It is very troubling to consider how many people- including those searching for real information about gender identity issues- will pick this up without knowing how incredibly inaccurate it is. Furthermore, it is simply upsetting to see this misinformation advertised on the home page.

Feb 25, 2021

I work in the education system and I see exactly what is happening to our young people and it’s very worrying. No one is allowed to question this stuff even if our concerns are truly valid and well intentioned. We are headed down a dangerous path. I’m not religious and I’m not a right winger - I just have critical thinking skills. Wake up!

Feb 24, 2021

Outstanding read about a difficult subject. Like JK Rowling, who has expressed many of the same concerns for women and girls, Shrier writes with compassion and breadth of knowledge. As a woman (adult human female), I have many concerns around the chemical and surgical transing of gender dysphoric youth, who may simply grow up to be lesbian or gay if not rushed down an irreversible path. No one is born in the wrong body. No one can change their biological sex, no matter how much greedy Big Pharma promises it can be so. Thank you, Abigail Shrier, for your courage to tackle this subject.

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Mar 13, 2021

Other: Transphobic ! The information is not scientific based evidence

Feb 13, 2021

Frightening or Intense Scenes: ...or Deceptive Scenes. Intentionally so.

Oct 17, 2020

Other: Nothing transphobic in this book. Informative and eye-opening.

HCL_Pride_Workgroup Oct 15, 2020

Other: Misleading and damaging transphobic content

Sep 28, 2020

Other: Trigger Warning Transphobia Transmisogyny

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