Irreversible Damage

Teenage Girls and the Transgender Craze

Irreversible Damage
Abigail Shrier
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' Every parentneeds to read this' Helen JoyceIn IrreversibleDamage, Wall Street Journalist, Abigail Shrier investigates why groups offemale friends in universities and schools across the world are coming out as' transgender' . These are girls who had never experienced any discomfort intheir biological sex. Teenage girls havea constant online diet of social media which feeds and magnifies everytraditional insecurity. Feeling inadequate as girls, they are beingencouraged to think that they are not girls actually at all and unsuspectingparents now find their daughters in thrall to YouTube stars and' gender-affirming' educators and therapists, who encourage life-changinginterventions. Until just a fewyears ago, gender dysphoria - severe discomfort in one' s biological sex - wasvanishingly rare. It was typically found in less than . 01 percent of thepopulation, emerged in early childhood, and afflicted males almost exclusively. Abigail Shrierhas talked to the girls, their agonised parents, and the therapists and doctorswho enable gender transitions, as well as to ' detransitioners' - young womenwho bitterly regret what they have done to themselves. Coming out astransgender immediately boosts these girls' social status, Shrier finds, butonce they take the first steps of transition, it is not easy to walk back.
The Best Books of 2021, TheTimes Book of the Year, The Economist' Explosive. . . Punchy, analytical and written with zest and elegance' Sunday Times ' Courageous. Vital. Brilliant. Humane' Mail on Sunday' A folksy, anecdotal tour of a well-evidenced phenomenon' Private Eye ' A detailed look at the context and consequences of this rise in transgender identity' Irish Independent ' A thought-provoking examination of a new clinical phenomenon' ' Dr Kenneth J. Zucker, adolescent and child psychologist and chair of the DSM-5 Work Group on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders
Abigail Shrier is a writer for the Wall Street Journal. She holds an A. B. from Columbia College, where she received the Euretta J. Kellett Fellowship; a BPhil from the University of Oxford; and a J. D. from Yale Law School.