Brandon Showalter Reviews Abigail Shrier’s New Book “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters”

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Although it has never been easy, the fear of entering womanhood is so excruciatingly painful for some girls they want to escape it entirely. And many are desperately trying by adopting a new persona.

Today they are being seduced by a social contagion that comes with experimental medicalization that promises them liberation, uniqueness, a new identity, and a fresh start on life. What they’re getting, however, is grave harm to their psyches, and their bodies are being destroyed. Worst of all, the damage is irreversible.

Reading journalist Abigail Shrier’s much-anticipated book, Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters was unlike reading any other book in that it felt more familiar than anything I’d ever read because I’ve been swimming in this particular sea for some time now. I’ve been reporting at The Christian Post on the gender identity movement and all of its implications for almost four years. In the interest of full disclosure, Shrier lists my name and those of many others who’ve been reporting, researching, and educating the public on this topic in the acknowledgments section of her book.

I found myself underlining a few passages and saying to myself, ‘Ah, yes, I remember writing about that,’ as Shrier deftly articulated how transgenderism has pervaded every realm of culture. As I can easily attest, any public skepticism of the ideology, even when framed with the utmost graciousness, is met with ferocious pushback.

This was especially the case with the scholarship of Dr. Lisa Littman, an OB-GYN turned public health researcher and Brown University professor, which Shrier explains at length in Chapter 2 of her book.

In 2018, Littman published a peer-reviewed article in PLoS One, an academic journal, exploring the phenomenon known as rapid-onset gender dysphoria (ROGD). Her findings showed that 65% of young girls who had self-identified as transgender during their adolescence did so after being immersed in social media for extended periods of time. In other words, the steep increase in the number of young girls identifying as the opposite sex was not an organic development, but a shockingly sudden, internet-fueled peer contagion.

Predictably, transgender activists reacted with rage and excoriated the study, claiming without evidence that Littman’s methodology was shoddy. Brown University was pressured into issuing an apology. PLoS One’s editor-in-chief also apologized in an unprecedented move. One infamous gender psychologist went so far as to compare Littman’s use of surveys of parents of ROGD kids in her research to “recruiting from Klan or alt-right sites to demonstrate that blacks really were an inferior race.”

In March 2019, PLoS One published a “correction” of Littman’s original article, but her findings were unchanged.

Shrier told this CP reporter in a phone interview last week that her original book pitch was more along the lines of a feminist update about how young women are doing amid a significant mental health crisis in society. But that idea morphed into a book on the transgender contagion and its disproportionate impact on teen girls after Shrier wrote an article about the topic and heard from a reader about her adolescent daughter’s heartbreaking experiences.

Shrier skillfully navigates the many dimensions of the transgender movement, bringing thoughtful analysis where it has been sorely lacking in the mainstream press. With remarkable precision, she documents how public school systems have forsaken basic science and gone full-bore into indoctrinating (and confusing) the rising generation with all things gender. The author also engages popular trans-identifying YouTubers and social media stars and explores their outsized influence on impressionable teen minds.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter