About the Author: 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.
‘Every parent needs to read this gripping travelogue through Gender Land, a perilous place where large numbers of teenage girls come to grief despite their loving parents’ attempts to rescue them’
Helen Joyce, senior staff writer at The Economist.
A thought-provoking examination of a new clinical phenomenon mainly affecting adolescent females that has, at lightning speed, swept across North America and parts of Western Europe and Scandinavia. It is a book that will be of great interest to parents, the general public and mental health clinicians’
Dr Kenneth J. Zucker, adolescent and child psychologist and chair of the DSM-5 Work Group on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders
‘Accessible, lucid and compelling … a must-read for all those who care about the lot of our girls and women’
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
I became aware of this topic in the last six months as I saw this social contagion hit my daughter’s school and grade (9th). I had never thought twice about it, was fully supportive of trans rights and LGBTQ rights, and always considered myself left-leaning and a lifelong liberal.
But I was floored to discover this phenomenon: teenage girls SELF-diagnosing themselves with gender dysphoria and then increasingly and very quickly being given life-altering hormones and even surgery to deal with it. It is absolutely shocking when you delve into the issue. Affirmation is considered the only acceptable option.
What’s even more shocking is how little studied this topic is. Any scientist or academic who wants to study this issue is immediately pilloried online. (Laura Littman is the best example of this.) It is being framed as a civil rights issue, and trans activists are mobilizing to shut down any legitimate debate and questioning over the issue. But is affirmation truly the best (and only) option? We just don’t really know, and the current research suggests how very complicated the issue is.
Finally, Shrier released this book. It is extremely well- researched and she interviewed dozens of people on the issue (including trans activists and other trans people). Sadly though unsurprisingly, she is being pilloried by the woke mob.
Thank you, Ms. Shrier, for writing this critically important book for all parents and I would venture to say all politicians who are increasingly legislating this issue. It is horrifying to think about what our daughters are being taught (I even venture to say indoctrinated). I think this issue needs to be explored fully, fairly, and publicly and not be shut down, shouted down, buried, or ignored. Our teenage daughters’ physical and mental health is on the line, and the stakes could not be higher.
G.B. from an amazon review
This is an incredibly compassionate and thorough book looking, mainly, at the vast increase in young girls identifying as transgender (and often later detransitioning).
I felt compelled to read this after several women I know who have detransitioned said that it tackled what they had been through sympathetically and with honesty.
For anyone unaware of the current landscape around gender, particularly for adolescents, this is both timely and eye-opening.
For those of us who have been studying these issues for years and are aware of many of the facts laid out here, it’s nonetheless an important read, especially hearing the stories of young people and understanding what a little of what it is like to be an adolescent in the internet age (terrifying, it seems).
There are a lot of one star reviews for this. That isn’t, I believe, because this is a bad book or because it is mistaken. I think it’s getting a lot of negativity because the truth feels dangerous to people who would have you believe that hardly anyone de-transitioners and that being trans is nothing to do with a medical condition and everything to do with identity.
Parents, particularly, will be doing themselves a disservice if they don’t read this book. It might help your child.
Sarah Louise J. Amazon review