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Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  1,050 ratings  ·  307 reviews
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 becom
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by Regnery Publishing
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Parker J
Mar 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Edit: Yes I read the book. No I will not apologize for disliking it. No I will not apologize for saying "fuck'. No you will not change my mind and I will not change yours. Moving on!

This author and this book are transphobic. I'm disgusted that trash like this is published. This will hurt trans children. Fuck right off.
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
I approached this book with some skepticism but found it extremely well written and well researched. I have a trans kid, but since he's one of several in his friend group who've come out, I would be foolish not to understand that what walks like a teen fad and talks like a teen probably a teen fad. As Buck Angel, well-known in the trans world, puts it in the book "How can we not question it? How can our own community not question it? That's the part that I'm a little bit upset about; my ...more
Kyra Bea
Jun 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book is absolutely indistinguishable from racist eugenics. This book proves the point that transphobia and racism are intertwined. Trans men are men, and not erasing women in any way. Go read Stone Butch Blues, its free and way better.
Jun 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
It is harmful and dangerous to LGBT people, especially trans teenagers, who are already at risk. This promotes harmful ideology. It is racist and transphobic.

This is one of the most damaging books around & I suggest you DO NOT READ IT.
Raine McLeod
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This just got added to my list of "Books Every Feminist Should Read" and I loved it.

There is a cult out there that is capturing girls who are told that girls and women are weak and boring, and when we exist in a culture that constantly bombards us with reasons why we should hate our bodies and the pinnacle of femaleness is male acceptance, it's no wonder that girls are trying to opt-out in DROVES, permanently damaging their bodies.

"Other giants of history are similarly vulnerable to a "baptism
Sleepless Dreamer
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book is not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I assumed this is going to be another hateful book like Correct, Not Politically Correct: How Same-Sex Marriage Hurts Everyone. It's not. Shrier actually has some important points. Unfortunately those points are clouded by the fact she wrote this book for parents instead of the queer community itself. 

Essentially, Shrier claims that there's a phenomenon of young teen girls who struggle with mental health issues, go online, end up believing
Hilary Lavine
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a must-read for all parents and teachers.

We recognize that young girls often search the internet for support while struggling to navigate the challenges of adolescence, and discover suggestions that may be misleading or injurious. Parents and teachers must now acknowledge the latest movement that similarly threatens their well-being by imposing potentially harmful behaviors. My daughter discovered solutions to her pains from new “friends” she found in support groups who promoted unhealth
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Funny to see the trans extremists come out to slam this book. They obviously haven't read it. Several real trans-people were interviewed for the book.

This book is not transphobic for the simple fact that it is not about trans-people. It's about kids who *aren't trans* and have been convinced they are.

edit: It says in the introduction, p. xviii, "This book is not about transgender adults, though in the course of writing it I interviewed many -- those who present as women an
Jul 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
this is incredibly transphobic. The author is so worried about why more people are transgender now, maybe it's because a normal human experience is finally being respected and talked about, not because of hate and bigotry.
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm glad more people are talking about this despite the consequences. Godspeed, Abigail.
Linda Cone
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Superbly balanced analysis of a difficult twist on transgenderism, namely Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria. Shrier's skills as an investigative reporter are evident. She offers a combination of statistical data along with a broad range of expert opinion mixed with compelling personal accounts. I taught teenagers for over thirty years but learned much about the power of social media coupled with social isolation. I knew very little about the role played by YouTube influencers. Particularly troubling ...more
Gargee | Wilder Girl Reads
Jul 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-wanna-read
This is absolute bullshit and I can't believe someone wrote this, someone edited this AND someone published it. Being trans is NOT a fad. More teenagers are coming out as trans because they see representation and are able to understand that how they feel is not wrong. There is no such thing as a "transgender craze". The fact that a cis woman wrote this transphobic bullshit by interviewing a couple of trans people (and quite possibly twisting their words and taking them out of context) doesn't ma ...more
Marcia D.
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Balanced, well-researched book. Contrary to what some reviewers have claimed, this is NOT a rant against trans people or gender dysphoria. Read the book and learn. I did.
Jul 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book is going to cause IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE to trans people. Shame on the people who wrote, edited and published this absolute trash.
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The people leaving 1-star reviews don't seem to be referencing the actual content of the book or have even pretended to read it. The author, for instance, refers to adult trans people by their gender id pronouns and names (contrary to the assertions that she does not in another review).

As a long time supporter of trans people, and someone who has friends and family members who are transgender, I read this and expected to really object to the content. I did not. I shared it with a family member
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audible, non-fiction
These days, it’s getting a little too easy to call someone a bigot without any supporting evidence and get away with it—even be lauded for it. The 1-star reviews of Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters by Abigail Shrier are a great example of this troubling cultural trend. As of today—3 August, 2020—there are 226 ratings of this book and 40 are 1-star ratings. Of those 40 1-star ratings, only 13 include a review and all of these reviews can be fairly described as rel ...more
Santa Puncule
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Must read in our crazy times when people try to deny the existance of biological sex.
All the authors of 1star reviews simply cannot handle a countra argument. Using the word "transphobic" has become a trend now (facepalm).

Read this book!!
Jul 15, 2020 rated it did not like it

EDIT: After seeing an interview with the author, I'd like to amend my review to "f**k no".
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Abigail Shrier's Irreversible Damage presents an important wake-up alarm for parents, therapists, physicians and teachers. Through her impeccable research, Ms. Shrier clearly distinguishes genuine gender dysphoria from the sudden surge in transgender identification among young women today. With compassion for the young women caught in this craze and their parents, she describes the weak-kneed failure of counselors, teachers and physicians to aid their search through a morass of peer pressure. A ...more
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Immensely important book on the dangers of trans-activism. Must read.

Am I Trans?

As a teenager, I often found myself estranged from my male friends in several ways. Even though I was not attracted to boys, I did not understand the big fuzz about half-naked women in shows like Baywatch. Because I thought it was the normal thing to do, I hung up posters in my room of Carmen Electra and Alyssa Milano, but it never felt like my decision. Furthermore, I never liked the macho-mimicking behavi
Jul 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lady-writers
Terrible biased piece of bigoted hackwork.
Dalton Capes
Jun 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All the 1 star reviews don't understand second order effect or biology.
Its not 5 stars but definitely not a 1, I'm giving it 5 to be fair to the author.
Meredith Russo
Aug 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Haha cool book. Not!!! It's so bad I almost couldn't enjoy the ligma I'd set aside for this afternoon.
Hal Schrieve
Aug 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book advocates conversion therapy for trans children. It sucks! Conversion therapy like the therapy this book advocates has been directed at trans children for decades; I was subjected to it briefly before my parents realized that there were other models of responding to teen transition that resulted in parenting a less suicidal teen. Conversion therapy like this book describes traumatizes many trans people and makes it much more difficult for us to survive!

This book is written from an ang
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 m ...more
Michael Hawkins
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great book.
El Hyrst
Jul 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: do-not-read
Do not read. This book is harmful and transphobic, written by a cis-woman allegedly worried about children being harmed - but not worried about the harm she is doing to trans children. There's no such thing as a 'transgender craze' and this book is potentially extremely dangerous.
Irina G
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Must read!
Jo Kneale
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone wondering whether there's anything behind the sudden increase in FtM teenagers.
Sarah Ames-Foley
Jun 24, 2020 marked it as nah
transitioning is not easy and being transgender is not a fad. i didn't realize i was bisexual until i found a word for it in my teens. i didn't realize i was polyamorous until several years out of college when the concept became more concrete and a lot of my life experiences slotted into place. of course more kids are going to come out as transgender as it becomes more acceptable; it doesn't mean it's not real.
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Abigail Shrier is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal. She holds an A.B. from Columbia College, where she received the Euretta J. Kellett Fellowship; a B.Phil. from the University of Oxford, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She is a journalist, not a gender-studies academic.

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