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Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality

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Gender identity ideology is about more than twitter storms and using the right pronouns. In just ten years, laws, company policies, school and university curricula, sport, medical protocols, and the media have been reshaped to privilege self-declared gender identity over biological sex. People are being shamed and silenced for attempting to understand the consequences of r ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 15th 2021 by Oneworld Publications
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Deborah Siddoway There is an extensive and varied collection of further reading and source material, including books, articles and various reputable online sources. As…moreThere is an extensive and varied collection of further reading and source material, including books, articles and various reputable online sources. As she states from the outset, her book derives from the exploration of the idea of gender ideology and the consequences that follow from an unquestioning adherence to it. She asks questions in her exploration of this idea. The book is well-researched and she has clearly gone to a lot of people and asked relevant and pertinent questions. Just because you do not like some of her opinions does not mean that you can conclude that she has neither fact checked or has failed to consult relevant and appropriate sources.(less)

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Jo Kneale
Jul 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*Material reality matters.
*Women need female spaces.
*A lot of people will hate this book without reading it.
*Trans people need good access to treatment and medicine, safe spaces and protection in law regarding employment, housing and every other human right.
*The UK is not the US and the issues in one country cannot automatically be transferred across without admitting that and altering the approach.
*The book will make you think about recent events.
*If your kneejerk reaction to the book or this r
Kyra Bea
Jul 18, 2021 rated it did not like it
The book says (quite antisemitic-ly) that 3 Jewish Billionaires are are the leaders of the "global trans movement" and there is only a vague source mention of Jennifer Bilek. Bilek's source for this is a LITERAL NEONAZI.

Other (not jewish) billionaires (Gates, Branson to name just 2) also give to LGBTQ charities, but that didn't fit the books narrative.

Y'all I wish being trans paid well, or at the very least meant you could be paid for interviews for books like this, but these books never actua
Jul 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
People! Leave your GI-goggles aside and read the book before you give a 1-star review.

Everybody should read this book, everybody. Thanks, Helen. I loved the tone, the calm and the matterof factliness of the narrative.
Jul 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
TRANS is a superlative book. I've read a bit on this issue. TRANS is the only text I finished reading and immediately recommended to other people in my life who want to understand what is going on, but don't know where to start.

The main subject in Helen Joyce's story is what she terms "gender ideology" which refers to set of ideas: roughly, that biological sex does not matter, rather it is the words people use to describe their own and others unverifiable belief of inner sense of self, that has
Borders Are Global Apartheid
If you liked Janice Raymond's conspiracy theories about evil doctors creating Frankensteinian trans women as some sort of plot to usurp womanhood, you'll love Helen Joyce's new development: evil rich Jews spreading Orwellian trans ideology as some sort of plot to usurp women's rights.

TERFs — trans-exclusionary radical feminists — have been forging political allyship with the right for decades to build a coalition against trans people, and their work has really come to fruition lately. The new ge
Signme Uplease
Jul 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Helen Joyce writes with a clarity and a passion about a subject she is deeply familiar with and about whom she obviously holds profound compassion - both trans people and of course women who make up 50% of the population. Few knew how extreme that battle would become between women's rights and trans rights, but it could have been predicted long ago with just a brief overview of what trans ideology expects women to concede: safe spaces, fair sports competition, access to a level competitive playi ...more
Diana Peek
Jul 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thoughtful intelligent dissection of a difficult and divisive topic. Done extremely well without recourse to the ideological mantras. Joyce’s work as a journalist over decades shines out in her first book. It’s a dissecting book of trans ideology, not what it means to be transgender and worth a read with an open mind because of it.
Ruth Lavery
Jul 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Trans ideology is to destroy women's rights

This is an excellent book which fully lays out how the tra ideology is set on destroying women's rights and spaces.
S.C. Gordon
Jul 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book was “preaching to the converted” with me, as I have been staunchly gender critical for decades. However, I’m so pleased that it’s out there, so that more people can become aware of the toxicity of trans rights activism (NOT trans people, I might add) - a dogma that is currently blighting the progress made by gay rights and women’s rights.

Joyce concludes the book by stating that it is her contribution to “open enquiry and robust debate”, and it is an excellent contribution. To see the f
Jul 24, 2021 rated it did not like it
This is a pile of antisemitic and homophobic garbage masquerading as a book. Holy crap. This is the most poorly researched, gaslighting book ever. It reminds me of "100 Authors Against Relativity" put out by fascists in 1931. It's meant to bridge together feminists and far right fascist ideology without telling you that is what it's doing. Much of it is poorly researched, obviously, but sounds good to...a certain sort, I guess? If anything this terrifies me at how close we are to reverting to th ...more
Jul 23, 2021 rated it did not like it
How many essays/articles/thinkpieces/comments/books blaming Jewish people for the continued existence of trans people are terfs going to have to write before they realize whose opinions they're being used as a mouthpiece for? ...more
Jul 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: social, politics
”This book is about an idea, one that seems simple but has far reaching consequences. The idea is that people should count as men or women according to how they feel and what they declare, instead of their biology.” [p1]

Helen Joyce’s skill as a journalist is to find excellent ways to articulate difficult matters. Her book has rightly been welcomed by a huge number of readers because it captures their current concerns about gender ideology and will enable readers to get up to speed with the “ge
Chris Boutté
Jul 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When I first started this new book from Helen Joyce, I’ll be honest and say that I was very unimpressed by the first few chapters and thought it was just going to be another “anti-woke” cash grab. With that being said, once the book got past the initial biological stuff and into the conversations around ideology, ethical inquiry, and other topics, it got much better. Personally, I think Joyce did an incredible job discussing topics such as children struggling with these issues, the nuanced conve ...more
Jul 21, 2021 rated it did not like it
This is Mein Kampf for white supremacist feminists.

Some fun details: Apparently Jennifer Bilek, another transphobic antisemite, is heaping mad because Helen Joyce incorporated some of her research without credit or thanks.

Jennifer Bilek is known for citing avowed Neo-Nazi Keith Woods, lending credence to his theory that rich Jews invented the "trans gender ideology" to enslave humanity to a transhumanist agenda.

A li
neil mackie
Jul 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book based on evidence

This books fill a huge gap in the UK created by outlets like the Guardian and the BBC failing to represent the other side of the debate. It reminds me of a slogan in one of Dennis Potter's last plays "Reality or Nothing! RON"
Lucinda Harding
Jul 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Comprehensive, well researched and well written.

A balanced exploration of the lack of discussion and implications around this ideology. I recommend to anyone who wants to explore and understand thsee issues
Jul 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feminism, lgbt
Thoughtful and well-argued. Thoroughly recommended for anyone interested in the debate. I found her final chapter particularly persuasive.
Charlene Kuyrkendall
Excellent, well-researched, many salient points on how ideology met reality

This is a book I would recommend everyone to read if they want to know how gender ideology affects our lives, from politics to sports, how it affect children as well as adults, particularly women.

The emphasis is squarely on the transactivism and the roles it assumed in pushing forth the gender ideology and the consequences in real-life and likely future scenarios are discussed with references listed at end of the book, ch
Rachel Sanger
Jul 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic calm and logical taking down of transgenderism and its nonsensical basis.
Aug 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Despite the fact that I only have about five active friends on this site, I was genuinely nervous about logging this book on my ‘currently reading’ list, which definitely says something about what cancel culture has done to me.

I wanted to read this book because in recent months, I’ve been re-examining my views and opinions on transgender issues, and whether those views and opinions were actually my own or if I was just parroting what people on the internet said. More specifically, I looked more
Sam Worby
Jul 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Read this book if you are curious why some left wing / liberal women in the UK believe there is a conflict between women’s rights and a belief that gender identity is innate and should override sex in all circumstances. I won’t say trans rights in this context as I think most people agree that trans people are entitled to the same human rights protections from discrimination and violence etc as everyone else - that is not what is in question in this book.

The book is written in an accessible, jou
Sep 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feminist, nonfiction
Extremely well-researched and accessible. Not surprisingly, a lot of negative reviews stating things not even mentioned in the book. Cult members stick to what they know.
As a PhD student in the field of women's studies and history, I appreciate this book very much. It's nuanced, well-articulated, provides an overview of how we got to this muddled, illogical place today where the immaterial is now material and our sexed bodies are deemed irreverent. Highly recommended for anyone with even the fai
J Thomson
Jul 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A very concise and fascinating history of the rise of gender ideology: clear, compassionate and comprehensive. It’s written from a viewpoint which is critical of gender ideology - a gender critical perspective (that sex is immutable and gender is a social construct of stereotypes which are damaging). At times the tone is angry, but Joyce is never cruel.
If you have a very fixed idea that people can literally change sex and that any dissenting view is ‘transphobic’ then this will not be the book
Jul 26, 2021 rated it did not like it
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Factually Fictitious
Jul 25, 2021 rated it did not like it
It's a rather controversial book, given her bias against trans people and her utilization of antisemitic sources. I looked past that and gave it a chance. The dismal quality of this "book" is deeply offensive to me. This book isn't for the general public, it's Kool-Aid for people who have already drunk the gender critical Kool-Aid.

In terms of quality, it resembles a rough draft of a college essay. Anyone submitting a paper writen like this joke would be laughed out of their professor's office.
Ken MacIntyre
Aug 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Eloquent No-Nonsense Demolition

This excellent book is a brisk, eloquent, no-nonsense and well researched demolition of the gender identity ideology which has captured public and private institutions across the English speaking world, eroding women’s spaces and sex-based protections. Biological sex is confused with gender identity – a vague concept that relies on innate feelings, where a woman is anyone who feels like one; to put it bluntly, flapdoodle. Joyce traces its origins in the twentiet
Katie Roche
Aug 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book examines transgenderism in society from a gender-critical feminist perspective. Based on interviews with experts on transgenderism, Joyce analyses the negative impacts of transgenderism on women. She argues well-intentioned people who don’t see the harms of what they advocate have driven transgenderism. Joyce also highlights the regressive nature of transgenderism in its focus on gender stereotypes. Something that most feminists are against.

This is an excellent book. Joyce has successf
Jul 27, 2021 rated it did not like it
It's alarming to read a staff journalist at The Economist make such embarrassing and unforced errors in a supposedly rigorous book. Perhaps most seriously Joyce misrepresents the work and stated intentions of sexologist Richard Green, though her misapprehension of the history of sexuality and gender research extends all the way back to Darwin. Readers familiar with the history of biology will know that the great taxonomic effort to classify and categorize all life on Earth has had several paradi ...more
Badly researched book - one section contains fundamental errors - which does little to further any kind of "debate" but simply pushes conspiracy theory level nonsense. ...more
Jul 25, 2021 rated it did not like it
It’s astonishing that a book can be published based on factual misunderstandings of science & what can only be called pseudo-history. The publisher needs to review its practices so that this level of factual & scientific error is not repeated. There are a number of references to Ireland that are particularly inaccurate. There are also references to AIDS/HIV that are both factually inaccurate as well as gross misunderstanding to the point of homophobia regarding the fight for human rights for LGB ...more
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