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REVIEW | Shrier book misrepresents trans issues to push her own gender ideology

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BOOK: Irreversible Damage: Teenage Girls and the Transgender Craze by Abigail Shrier (Faber & Faber).

Irreversible Damage is a controversial book, hated by many and supported by some. It contains Abigail Shrier’s ideas and beliefs regarding teenagers, assigned female at birth, who come out as trans and/or gender-diverse. In a lecture at Princeton, Shrier reflected on her experience of being hated by so many and claimed that she is not a provocateur while forefronting her right to freedom of speech and how freeing it is to share her opinions. She believes that there is currently a dominant “gender ideology” that is a threat to young girls and that this ideology is publicised and promoted by social media. (The subtitle of the American edition of her book is “The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters”.)

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