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Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze…

Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters (utgåvan 2020)

av Abigail Shrier (Författare)

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Titel:Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters
Författare:Abigail Shrier (Författare)
Info:Regnery Publishing (2020), 276 pages
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Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters av Abigail Shrier


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The central thesis of this book is that some proportion of adolescent women who trans identify is triggered not necessarily by gender dysphoria they are experiencing, but rather a fad that is only promoted by mental health issues (such as social anxiety or "not fitting in") endemic particularly in late Gen Y / Gen Z teenagers. I don't believe this should be an idea that is taboo to bring up, and I found the position reasonably-argued by the book. Three things stuck out to me as compelling:

* Trans identification is concentrated in friend groups.
* The rapid increase in the identification among girls, without a corresponding rise among boys.
* The significant increase in mental health issues, combined with a fall in sexual experience as well as general in-person socialization, for teenagers in recent years.

As a (hopeful) future father, it was very surprising to me to hear that children as early as kindergarten are being taught about how gender is a continuum and shouldn't just be thought of as binary male-female. I don't have a problem with this idea in general, but I do think it is far too early to be introducing it to 5-year-olds -- it feels akin to talking about sexual intercourse or viewing a horror movie. None of these topics are intrinsically bad, but to me are inappropriate things to be exposed to at that age.

On the education topic, the lengths to which colleges (& high schools!) would go to to hide a student's trans identification from their parents made me extremely concerned. It made me wonder more generally about how good the relationship could be between parents & children in these households, if the interactions have gotten so bad that the women didn't even feel comfortable to talk about something so core to their identity as gender. My perception is, the trans identification and the parents' surprise and/or resistance was really a symptom of a problem that started much earlier and encompasses the entirety of their familial relationship.

I think my ultimate takeaway from the book is to try to encourage positive habits among adolescents in order to avoid getting into this situation in the first place. Things like promoting independence of thought, of socialization among a wide group of people, of having experiences generally and not being afraid of making mistakes. The book provides a pretty strong argument to be wary of giving unfettered access to the entire Internet to adolescents, since it means they can fall into bubbles and start to act more as a cult member than just a consumer of information. I think this all basically falls into, how good is your relationship with your children? Are you consistently investing time and energy to make sure you're there for them?

NB: I have a problem with the cover design of this book, which I believe is pretty deceiving. In an interview, the author dismisses this as "I obviously wasn't involved with the design", but in a book that takes pains to differentiate teens/adolescents versus adults, it is quite surprising to use an image of a girl that looks a decade younger than the group of people Shrier actually writes about. It is unfortunate that this design was chosen, and I hope that it is changed in future editions. ( )
2 rösta rsanek | Dec 26, 2020 |
Irreversible Damage is a book filled with horror and tragedy. It is vital reading for everyone living in the contemporary English-speaking world, at the very least. It is, for outsiders of other cultures or of the (hopefully not too) distant future, an interesting journalistic account of the range of human social psychology, that may serve as a warning. For too many, the concept of "cult" is necessarily linked with religiosity; unfortunately, that has left many of us (including my younger self) vulnerable to the (often atheistic) Transgender Cult which is exerting worrying influence not only via the internet, but also on policies in schools, government, and medical centers.

An opinion writer for the WSJ, Abigail Shrier has crafted a highly engaging text, her writing style keeping me hooked the whole way through. Her arguments are logically compelling; indeed, as she writes with regards to one, many arguments almost write themselves. It is somewhat an exercise of explaining the obvious to a culture that has become afraid of saying the wrong thing, even if it is true. With a wealth of information not only from textual research, but also from her many interviews with parents and their trans-identified children, internet personalities, gender "therapists", school officials, surgeons, psychiatrists, transgender adults, and finally de-transitioners, 'Irreversible Damage' is an excellent reference for facts and personal experiences helpful in understanding the current Transgender Craze.

Reading the book was frustrating, but in the way a tragedy is frustrating. Unfortunately, Irreversible Damage tells true stories of suffering and professional incompetence; I found myself filled with an urge to share the book with everyone I know who works with young people. There were some moments of relief: in particular, the middle chapter on dissenting psychiatrists was a welcome intervention of good sense in a narrative filled with interviews of individuals actively endorsing the psychic and medical harm of young girls and women. The final chapter, 'The Way Back', left me feeling hopeful: this tragedy can be overcome, and we as a culture have clear lessons to learn.

Although there were certain sentences or passages I might critique, none were necessary to the book: they were typically analogies meant to invoke pathos. Because of its quality as a reference and its urgent relevance to our contemporary culture, I without hesitation give this work five stars. ( )
2 rösta hatzemach | Nov 26, 2020 |
Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters by Abigail Shrier is a very highly recommended objective, balanced examination and exploration of the current and dramatic increase of the number of teenage girls identifying as transgender. According to the CDC, currently over 2% of high school students, overwhelmingly girls, identify as transgender when historically gender dysphoria (severe discomfort with one's biological sex) was .01% of the population and almost exclusively male. Gender dysphoria usually emerges early in childhood. Today, however there is an overwhelming surge of adolescent girls claiming to have gender dysphoria and are self-identifying as transgender.

Puberty is hard on girls. (I know; I understand.) Adding to the stress of your changing body is the cruelty and criticism girls inflict upon themselves and others. They are in genuine pain. As Shrier points out this transgender movement in young girls is a new social contagion. We know it is a social contagion because it is so statistically new and overwhelmingly high in numbers. Often this is concentrated among a group of peers or around a specific community or school system. Girls are learning about this through school programs, but especially through social media influencers. We all know that social media can make everyone anxious and sad, however, it affects adolescent girls are the hardest. "[A]dolescent girls, who historically faced life’s challenges in pairs and groups, are now more likely to face them alone." These are girls who are isolated from other people and turn overwhelmingly to social media for their support and information. This gives them a community, acceptance, and the opportunity to escape into a victim identity, which gives them support immediately. Being transgender is one of the few you can choose.

When talking to a counselor or therapist, the young girls often are encourage to quickly start puberty blockers, or testosterone, and look toward top surgery (double mastectomy), all of which inflict irreversible damage on their bodies. It seems appropriate (to me) to have a requirement that young people wait until their brains mature before being encouraged to make such life changing decisions. "The prefrontal cortex, believed to hold the seat of self-regulation, typically does not complete development until age 25." Certainly you can live as a man and later, after age 25-28 once your brain has reached maturity, you can look into hormones or surgery. Shrier makes a good point that this transgender craze may partially be the result of over-parented kids desperate to stake out territory for rebellion.

"According to Dr. Zucker, the mere fact that patients may have fixated on gender as a source of their problems does not mean that that they are right or that transitioning will alleviate their distress. "I said to this kid, ‘I don’t care if you have a male brain or a female brain. This is how you’re feeling currently and we need to figure out why you’re feeling this way and what is the best way to help you lose this dysphoria.’ " It is worth asking whether a standard guided less by biology than by political correctness is in the best interest of patients. Allow their brains to mature, pass the age of rebellion, before making life changing decisions that will affect their health. "Teens and tweens today are everywhere pressed to locate themselves on a gender spectrum and within a sexuality taxonomy - long before they have finished the sexual development that would otherwise guide discovery of who they are or what they desire."

Shrier talked to trans people, parents, influencers, doctors, academics, and professionals on both sides of the issue in this informative, well written and presented examination of this current trend. This is not a transphobic book, unless information is something to be feared. She ended the book with seven rules that were wonderful for reasons beyond the topic at hand: 1. Don’t Get Your Kid a Smartphone 2. Don’t Relinquish Your Authority as the Parent 3. Don’t Support Gender Ideology in Your Child’s Education 4. Reintroduce Privacy into the Home - Quit the habit of sharing every part of your lives (and theirs) on the internet. 5. Consider Big Steps to Separate Your Daughter from Harm 6. Stop Pathologizing Girlhood 7. Don’t be Afraid to Admit: It’s Wonderful to Be a Girl.

I totally agree with this closing remark from Shrier because it seems that being female has lost favor with the broader culture and there is a war against it: "But for Pete’s sake, whatever type of women young girls become, they should all listen to feminists of a prior era and stop taking sex stereotypes seriously. A young woman can be an astronaut or a nurse; a girl can play with trucks or with dolls. And she may find herself attracted to men or to other women. None of that makes her any less of a girl or any less suited to womanhood."

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Regnery Publishing.
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