Irreversible Damage - Abigail Shrier

Irreversible Damage

By Abigail Shrier

  • Release Date: 2020-06-30
  • Genre: Political Science
Score: 4.5
From 12 Ratings

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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.


  • Not Transphobic

    By MadHappyBoy
    As a mental health clinician who works with trans and non binary youth, I want to sing the praises of this book. It is describing a phenomenon I have seen time and time again in many of my clients. If you are looking for a book to better understand trans issues and stories, this is not the book for you. This book isn’t really about trans folks, but rather the mental health of teenage girls. I have seen the exact paradigm the author describes played out in school, summer camp, and more clinical settings. It would be a mistake to assume this book invalidates trans folk’s existence. It does not. Nor should one draw sweeping conclusions about the trans community from this book, yet there is something going on that has very little to do with legitimate gender dysphoria. Americans are suckers for anything cloaked in the language of civil rights, yet we must acknowledge, the level of controversy around this book surely indicates the author is onto something. Again, this book is not about trans people. It is about mentally unhealthy teenage girls hijacking the trans narrative as a means of coping with patriarchal standards. There are very few things harder to be than a teenage girl (trans teenagers more so), and the availability of hormonal and transitional services for this population needs to be re-examined by professionals with a queer lens. Surely we can recognize the nuance of discussing this without invalidating or erasing the needs and stories of the LGBTQIA community. This is in fact another part of the story. A part that deserves to be discussed. End rant.