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Irreversible Damage

The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters
Narrated by: Pamela Almand
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Non-fiction, Politics
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Irreversible Damage is an exploration of a mystery: Why, in the last decade, has the diagnosis "gender dysphoria", transformed from a vanishingly rare affliction, applying almost exclusively to boys and men, to an epidemic among teenage girls?

Author Abigail Shrier presents shocking statistics and stories from real families to show that America and the West have become fertile ground for a "transgender craze" that has nothing to do with real gender dysphoria and everything to do with our cultural frailty. Teenage girls are taking courses of testosterone and disfiguring their bodies. Parents are undermined; experts are over-relied upon; dissenters in science and medicine are intimidated; free speech truckles under renewed attack; socialized medicine bears hidden consequences; and an intersectional era has arisen in which the desire to escape a dominant identity encourages individuals to take cover in victim groups.

Every person who has ever had a skeptical thought about the sudden rush toward a non-binary future but been afraid to express it - this book is for you. 

©2020 Abigail Shrier (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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The madness claiming young woman finally laid bare

With stunning research and vivid language the author has exposed the truth of this latest appalling movement that seeks to rob young women of their natural destiny & their rightful identity. A must read for every parent.

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Needed and required conversation... finally

It is a struggle to find any objective information and finally an objective commentary on an ideology born from well intentioned activists. However it may have gone too far and our most loved and cherished offspring are in the thick of a civil rights and government sanctioned abuse of there minds and bodies. I hold onto hope. Thank you for this book, we all should read it. We should value our daughters right to be unencumbered by a manipulating identity ideology. I wish to write so much more! This made me tear up on every page. I really really hope for a good outcome for everyone.

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A necessary read for a troubled generation

With plenty of real word stories and thought provoking analysis Shrier pushes a more insightful understanding of the dangers of allowing teens to form their identity online. The insight and discussion is littered with practical advice and hope for the future of our daughters.

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For Those Concerned About The Wellbeing of Girls

Abigail Shreier’s book highlights the peril of being a troubled teenage girl in contemporary western countries where a lifetime of medical treatment and attempting to pass socially as a man or a “non binary” person (whatever that is) is being promoted as a solution to the inherent problems of being female. I hope that those in position to change this situation so that unhappy girls get effective help that allows them the possibility of a healthy future will read this book.

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Irresponsible Suppression Of an Excellent Book

As Ms Shrier has noted in a few interviews that I have heard, Amazon have inexplicably decided not to advertise this book, thereby depriving it of even marginal promotion on their website. As such an enormous literary distributor, this will likely have an enormous impact on sales - which is very unfortunate as this is an incredibly well-written account of the struggle of many young Western individuals and their families about an issue which will soon affect us all in some way.

I found this book to be extremely easy to listen to, even though the subject matter really is not at many points. The author was able to write about a difficult subject in a straightforward yet honest and open-minded manner, which I imagine was difficult. I disagree that this is a book all parents should read. I think we should ALL read it.
Brava Abigail Shrier!

I cannot recommend this book enough.

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  • Daniel Cohen
  • 01-07-2020

Every parent with a trans daughter needs to read this book

I have a teen daughter who came out as trans when she was 13, with no previous indication of Dysphoria. And I’ve been totally confused about what to do, and fearful the consequences for her life and her body.

This book offers invaluable insight about what’s happening in our culture to generate these results. It’s invaluable to understanding how and why teen girls become trans. And it also lays out the brutal consequences of medically transitioning at a young age.

I wish I had this book two years ago when she first presented as trans, and changed the name her friends called her. I would have been far more prepared for what’s happened since.

However, since she’s not very far down the transition road, this book can help me and her mother mitigate much of the damage she could potentially do to herself. As well as forstall damage done to her familial relationships.

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  • Kimbertron
  • 05-07-2020

Insightful

A respectful and caring investigation of this craze and the potential devastating consequences. I appreciate that the author was brave enough to write this.

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  • J. MCGONNIGAL
  • 02-07-2020

Transphobic Garbage from Unqualified Author

This book is pure transphobic propaganda. Nothing in this book is supported by scientific evidence. The author is a "philosopher" and lawyer by trade, and has absolutely zero experience or knowledge of the topic. Purchasing this book is no different from reading a twitter thread from JK Rowling (except JK Rowling is at least a successful author). Save your money and do a little actual research this author couldn't be bothered to do herself. There is a mountain of scientific evidence supporting the fact that trans-affirming healthcare for young people is medically necessary, saves lives, and reduces the risk of suicide. This book is supporting a notion that will literally kill your children. Save your money and save your child's life.

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  • Amy Linenfelser
  • 05-07-2020

Wake up and listen!!!

Ms Shrier has been brave, forthright, fair, insightful and caring in writing a book about an epidemic running roughshod over our young girls... especially those with Autism. Everyone needs to listen and be aware of what she is telling the world. The medical community has been bullied into believing and implementing dangerous procedures, surgeries is the way to go when a child says they have gender dysphoria. Ms Shrier shows why that doesn’t work( and it doesn’t), how activists are infiltrating social media, and offers ideas of how to help your daughter escape the contagion between friends, and schools! Share with anyone who has a daughter. This is REAL!

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  • Bella
  • 12-07-2020

a MUST read for all parents of young women.

we are in the beginning stage of this phenomenon. This book literally reads like she was writing about our daughter personally!!! we are in therapy as a family and with this book we are able to steer the ship with knowledge along with love.

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  • Daniel
  • 17-07-2020

Disturbing

I really hope this book could be written off as right wing propaganda but unfortunately it doesn’t seem like it so far. I was quite horrified by the stories and they moved me deeply.

Also, the book is fascinating and well performed.

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  • John H. Davis
  • 16-07-2020

Highly recommend

This was a well written book with well done research. I had no idea there were so many girls out there that want to change their identity by changing their sex. She interviewed people from both sides to determine why this is happening.

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  • Evelina
  • 15-07-2020

Amazing book!!

Really loved it! I was overseas and bored. When recommended by ben Shapiro. I thought it would be political but it only talks about the Issues with the whole “movement” effecting young girls!!! Really opened my eyes. Lol kinda made all my co-workers listen to it. Definitely recommend.ACTUALLY READ THE BOOK BEFORE YOU COMMENT. If an idea cannot properly take it stand in the marketplace of ideas without collapsing, if they cannot survive without constantly being guarded from outside a tax that is not worth believing in the first place. Learn how to take criticism people.

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  • Bill
  • 03-08-2020

Some interesting points, but extremely biased

I came to this book as an open-minded, non-LGBTQ individual. A friend recommended it and asked for my opinion. So I had a listen. The overall thesis of the book is that transgenderism is a cultural and cult-like phenomenon, which is pressuring and influencing young girls to question and ultimately reject their femininity. Such a trend is exacerbated by doctors and therapists who are quick to affirm the feelings of dysphoria in these young girls and push them into life-changing treatments and surgeries. If there is any truth to this narrative, then I think it is an important and interesting subject area that merits critical discussion. It is indeed interesting that there is an increase in adolescent girls who claim to have dysphoria while seemingly showing no signs earlier in life. At times, the author does a reasonably good job of describing the difficulties of traversing such questions.

However, I have two main criticisms of the book.

One, we frankly do not know any or most of the relevant information about transgender demographics, mental health, and medical outcomes at the present moment. The author readily acknowledges this at times, yet still pushes her thesis as the only logical perspective, which I find misleading. For example, there are two statistics that the author continually references -- the fact that prevalence of transgenderism has skyrocketed in the recent past, and that often entire friend groups will "come out" as transgender together, despite the near-zero statistical likelihood of all of them being transgender based on the overall population. On its face, her argument that this is evidence of the trans identity as a cultural fad seems reasonable. However, it doesn't take a genius to think of alternative, equally likely explanations -- first, increases in transgender prevalence follows a well-understood trend in social identities as they become more accepted in society, such as homosexuality, or even left-handedness. Additionally, it is not hard to imagine that trans-identified individuals gravitate towards one another, and thus we would not expect each group of friends across the United States to have the same probability of transgenderism. The author's is a laughable argument, akin to claiming that each group of high school friends should have a near-perfect correlation with US-wide population demographics -- roughly half female, ~15% black, ~10% LGB, etc. If there are too many discrepancies, then someone must be faking! The author apparently thinks these alternative explanations are so unlikely to not even be worth a mention, but of course it is entirely likely that a young girl will go through the difficulties of *years* of medical treatments and discrimination just because she wants to fit in.

Two -- while the hypothesis that there is a cultural component of transgenderism does have some validity, the author uses this as a jumping-off point to make more transphobic and generally hurtful claims about transgenderism which have nothing to do with the main narrative of the book. For example, the author makes a point to say that she accepts dysphoria and transgenderism of some individuals, but at other points in the book claims that she doesn't believe gender can be distinct from biological sex (Ch 6, "not the ethereal concept, gender, for which there is no scientific evidence").

In the end, time will tell who is right about these things. We need more data on the percentage of people who end up desisting or detransitioning, long-term studies of people's mental health before and after transitioning, and so on. Until then, we are just speculating. I would prefer to lean in favor of trusting these people to have control over their bodies and decisions, but that's just me. It's also important to understand the societal effects that this book will have on culture and public policy. I would stress to others thinking of reading this book to take these things into account.

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  • ryan
  • 07-07-2020

right bias but fairly honest representation

The data is present and the sources can be investigated. There is undoubtedly a bias but that doesn't in itself make her conclusions incorrect. It appears to have been the most honestly open examination of a topic to which the author disagreed with from the start

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  • Dunfermline woman
  • 05-07-2020

An excellent book

I’m a UK GP concerned by the huge increase in teenage girls wanting to transition, often to escape feminine stereotypes and the male gaze. This book is well researched and comprehensive.

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  • Colin
  • 10-07-2020

The most important book of 2020

This is an insightful delve into the trans movement that is sweeping the West. Abigail Shrier uses poignant case studies to illustrate the impact this trend is having on teenage girls. She interviews older transsexuals like Buck Angel who is horrified at the medicalising of teens. She also interviews detransitioners and the parents of young trans men, grappling to understand what is happening to their daughters.

The ideology of gender identity is being pushed into schools at a rate no one was prepared for. At the same time, the medical profession is woefully letting down its patients using affirmation only therapy & encouraging young women into double mastectomies at just 18 years old.

This book must be urgently read by every parent, every school governing body, the NHS, and all corporates who are funneling money into trans youth charities.

The author is courageous in bringing this issue to light. She is no doubt endangering herself by doing so, against an angry mob trying to keep this secret in. She is a hero and this book will go down in history as a turning point in the trans movement. It can't come soon enough.

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  • saoirsconn96
  • 21-07-2020

Insightful and informative

The interviews in this book highlight the true extent of trans ideology and the damage it is inflicting on youth today. Everyone should read this book, it is brilliant.

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  • Naz
  • 21-07-2020

Incredible

This is a must read for those who think the current narrative is troubling and for those who think the woke movement is about rights issues.

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  • forest rain mountain blossom
  • 29-07-2020

Our Daughter's are being duped.

This book describes the world our teen Daughters inhabit, forced to accept their Female friends as Homosexual Boys, watch their Friends sell Testosterone as a feel good product, binding an exciting journey. When our Daughter's reject their friends stories of pure ecstasy their lives/looks/knowledge of Science are shred apart by an online of army of trans allies, the Girls transing are being duped as well as duping others.

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  • P. Tyler
  • 16-09-2020

Ok so...

It's balanced and nuanced but clearly has a perspective. It's compassionate and understanding and firmly child centric. But it puts child centric in direct opposition to trans centric and doesn't really see the overlap. It's central point is well made and holds up until the very end which is probably the most honest and heartfelt part. It's also the part that misses all the points it set itself up to address. To say nothing of the afterword which, the response to which could be a whole series of books by its self. Worth a listen as part of the trans conversation.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-09-2020

very informative

I learnt a lot, and I already knew a lot about the topic beforehand

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  • Sam LC
  • 26-08-2020

Compassionate and fair

This is a really important exploration of a recent explosion of girls identifying as transgender. The author is very kind and respectful when talking about the issues she explores and includes the voices of transgender teenagers and adults. This issues needs more research not less - so this group of children can be offered the right help/treatment for them and their parents can have confidence in it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-08-2020

Everyone Should Read This Book

Such an important book. Shrier takes on the voices of these young women and their families in a sympathetic and analytical way which aims to explore the phenomenon of Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria. She looks at the issue from the perspective of the parents of these young girls but also includes the works of experts and researchers. There is nothing Transphobic in this book and there is no suggestion that Trans people don't exist or that they should somehow have their rights removed. There are important questions we need to ask as a society in the way we treat Gender Dysphoria especially in children.