8/13/2020 0 Comments
Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, by Abigail Shrier
Abigail Shrier's new book, Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, made an unexpected addition to my reading list earlier this summer when I stumbled upon a Twitter thread discussing how Amazon refused to advertise this book. Just as J.K. Rowling wrote in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ("'Oh Harry, don't you see?' Hermione breathed. 'If she could have done one thing to make absolutely sure that every single person in this school will read your interview, it was banning it!”), this small form of censorship made absolutely sure that I ordered and read Shrier's book.
I told a buddy I loved the cover art, and he replied it seemed a bit "alarmist." However, after reading the entire book, I find it not alarmist, but alarming.
Every page contains at least one quote, stat, or anecdote that will shock you. But here are a few that stood out to me:
Testosterone thickens the blood. Transgender-identified women are given a dosage of testosterone ten to forty times greater than their bodies would normally bear to produce the changes they seek. There is some indication that biological women on these doses of testosterone have nearly five times the risk of heart attack that women have, and two-and-a-half times that of men.
It is horrifying enough to use humans as guinea pigs.
But it is quite another matter to do this to children. Especially considering that there are over 50 gender clinics in the United States, and testosterone is also available at Kaiser, Planned Parenthood, and Mayo Clinic [p. 167]; that many of these clinics will administer testosterone on a first visit on an "informed consent" basis, with no referral or therapy required; and that the age of medical consent varies by state, but can be as young as 15.
A child of this age, without even discussing it with her parents, should not be making decisions that can cause long-term damage to her cardiovascular health — and that have a major side effect of vaginal atrophy (dryness, cracking, and recession).
Another quote I found shocking, which came from the introduction, was:
In October 2017, my own state, California, enacted a law that threatened jail time for healthcare workers who refuse to use patients' requested pronouns. New York had adopted a similar law, which applied to employers, landlords, and business owners. Both laws are facially and thoroughly unconstitutional. The First Amendment has long protected the right to say unpopular things without government interference. It also guarantees our right to refuse to say things the government wants said.
I found this shocking because, while I obviously knew cancel culture was a thing, I didn't realize that our actual First Amendment rights were being undermined by the trans rights movement. I knew you could get arrested for using the wrong pronouns on Twitter in England... But I thought the US was better than that.
I guess that's what happens when you assume.
Here's something else that's gross:
[Benji, a teenage girl] set up her first Tumblr account and quietly announced herself as trans to viewers. She wasn't sure anyone would notice. To her surprise, she received an overwhelming "love bombing" from strangers.
This shouldn't be shocking, because sexual predators on the internet is nothing new. But it is alarming how many adult strangers on the internet so eagerly groom children to identify as trans, to submit obediently to requests for sexts and sexually explicit images, and even offer them access to medications that are supposed to be prescribed by a doctor.
This is beyond "inappropriate." It's more like the world's wokest form of sexual abuse.
Speaking of adults telling wonky things to children:
[According to kindergarten curricula across the US], Girls who like math, or sports, or are logical; boys who sing, act, r like to draw are all "gender nonconforming." They may have turned up to school as a "girl who excels at math" or "boy with vocal talent," but they leave rebranded as "a person whose behaviors or gender expression falls outside what is generally considered typical for their assigned sex at birth."
This is just heartbreaking. I am so glad I grew up listening to Marlo Thomas' album, Free to Be You And Me. I am so glad that I grew up listening to music and stories that told me that I am a girl, and girls can do anything. Girls can be astronauts and presidents and soccer players and firefighters.
Now, the messaging isn't, "Work hard, accomplish things, and do what you love." It's, "Obsess over your identity and embrace stereotypes."
This didn't shock me; I was already well of the regressive nature of trans activism. But it makes me so sad to read real examples of the lessons children as young as five are exposed to in school.
Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters is an important and alarming wake-up call for anyone who isn't aware of what's happening in trans activism. It pushes not only regressive stereotypes, but also dangerous medications and irreversible surgeries on children. It promotes grooming and sexual exploitation in the name of "social justice." And it threatens one of the most important rights we have as Americans.
I highly recommend reading the whole book to get a full understanding of this issue (you might even call it a crisis) and figure out ways to address it with your own children and loved ones.