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When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment Hardcover – February 20, 2018
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—Paul McHugh, University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
When Harry Became Sally is an eminently readable and insightful guide for all who find themselves perplexed by today’s debates on gender identity. Ryan Anderson’s analysis of the ideas that are fueling the transgender movement, their human costs and their political implications will be a valuable resource for parents, educators and policy makers.
—Mary Ann Glendon, Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard University, and author of Rights Talk and A Nation Under Lawyers.
For an informed and sensitive presentation of gender identity issues, When Harry Became Sally is a must-read book. It is especially a must for those in psychiatry, psychology and counselling.
—Paul Vitz, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, New York University, and Senior Scholar, Institute for the Psychological Sciences.
I always read Ryan Anderson with great admiration. When Harry Became Sally is an always focused, informative, fair-minded, lucid and fact-based guide to just and reasonable policies in place of government- and corporation-mandated falsification of science, medicine, public records and history; suppression of free speech and family rights; and many-sided, often irreversible injustice to the vulnerable.
—John Finnis, Professor of Law & Legal Philosophy Emeritus, University of Oxford.
“Do no harm” is a fundamental tenet of medical ethics. But sadly―as shown by Ryan Anderson’s careful examination of the research―people with gender dysphoria are now commonly given treatments that involve grave health hazards and few (if any) lasting benefits. Regardless of political persuasion, all concerned citizens, especially parents, policymakers, and healthcare professionals, should give serious consideration to the evidence presented in this thoughtful and balanced book.
—Melissa Moschella, Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics, Department of Medicine, Columbia University.
Ryan Anderson forthrightly calls out the suspension of disbelief that has led us into ever more bizarre denials of reality, blindfolding our eyes and our heads in the name of political ideology and ensuring the suffering of the mentally ill. Everyone concerned with the welfare of children should read When Harry Became Sally.
—Margaret A. Hagen, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Boston University.
People who experience gender dysphoria deserve to be treated with compassion, kindness, and respect―just like everyone else. It is wrong to despise them, ridicule them, or disrespect them in other ways. As Ryan Anderson shows in his rigorously argued critique of transgender ideology, we can speak and stand up for the truth while loving those who identify as transgender as our neighbors. When Harry Became Sally confirms Anderson’s standing as one of our nation’s most gifted young intellectuals, and without doubt the most fearless.
—Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University.
Ryan Anderson takes up the challenging topic of the “transgender moment” in a clear and biologically well-informed manner. He writes in a thoughtful and accessible manner, and he succeeds in his goal of providing “a sober and honest survey of the human costs of getting human nature wrong.” When Harry Became Sally raises important questions for anyone who is sincerely concerned about the wellbeing of those struggling with their gender identity.”
—Maureen Condic, Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Utah.
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Anderson confronts arguments, challenges assumptions, and reveals the contradictions trans-activism must reconcile in order for there to be an honest public debate. He allows trans activists to speak in their own voices and evaluates their arguments on their own terms, avoiding the straw-mannery that so often infects the debate.
Anderson writes most powerfully in his plea that we slow down before we enlist children in this grand social experiment. Is it really good idea to begin poisoning children (at age 8) with massive doses of foreign hormones to stunt normal development before transitioning them to even more powerful and radical hormone regime that will, among other dangers known and unknown, sterilize these children for life? Of course it's not and Anderson explains why.
Anderson doesn't just lament the state of the union on this issue. He offers wise and reasonable solutions that are both compassionate to those facing questions about their identity and respectful to the bedrock freedoms upon which our nation was founded.
Note: I pre-ordered this book several weeks ago, but was provided an advance copy in mid-January. So, I have actually read the book, unlike the dishonest people who submitted fake one-star reviews. The new copy I will receive as early as tomorrow? I plan to give it away. And I may purchase more in order to give away more. This book deserves as wide a reading as possible, as it is a beacon of reason in a public screaming match that is desperate for a cool down.
And throughout these sections, Anderson repeatedly cautions the reader against over-reading what he says. Among other things, he reminds us: Evidence is spotty on the causes of gender dysphoria. The de-transitioners he quotes don't all agree with him on policy. The outcomes for some forms of treatment are uncertain.
For his fellow social conservatives in particular, he peppers the whole book with firm warnings: While sex is biological, gender really is partly socially constructed--and that's all to the good. Rigid sex stereotypes are part of the problem, not the solution. Gender dysphoria is real. It comes with real struggles. Others must not add to those hardships by pretending that feelings of dysphoria are invented, by shunning those who experience them, by deriding their concerns and policy arguments, or by showing them anything less than the most refined respect, warmth, and (for those in one's own orbit) faithful friendship and love, regardless of their personal decisions or policy differences.
Anderson joins all this modesty and caution with a firm, confident, and powerful critique of the philosophy of the transgender movement and its prescriptions for medicine and for legal and educational policy, as well as a positive and balanced vision of the meaning of sex and gender, and of how to respond to friends and loved ones who experience gender dysphoria.
If you disagree, do your cause and your allies as well as your opponents a favor, and write a sophisticated critique — one that gives a coherent account of what it is to truly be (and not just feel) "stuck in the wrong body." So far, I'm convinced by Anderson's arguments that that's impossible. If he's wrong, I want to know it, and proving it would do more good than all the sneering dismissals of his work put together.
To end on a graver note: By slow, steady, and measured argument, Anderson convinced me that within my lifetime, we will come to see this movement's excesses at least (especially--let's not mince words--its abominable prescriptions for very young kids) as a craze that has done irreparable harm to many. For decades, Anderson's book will serve as the guide to how and why that came to be--and what we can and should do about it.
This books highlights the contradictions of a movement that simultaneously holds that gender is an empty construct and yet insists upon using cookie-cutter, stereotyped behaviors and appearances in its dubious "diagnosis" of supposed transgenderism in adolescents and children. It makes little sense to on the one hand suggest that masculine girls are men trapped in womens' bodies and effeminate boys are women, yet in the same breath deny the link between masculinity and the male sex, or femininity and the female.
Anderson makes clear that children and their parents are being done a grave disservice by transgender advocates who indoctrinate children starting in kindergarten and ultimately pressure them into making life-altering decisions with little appreciation for the consequences. Dr. Anderson gives voice to people who have been sidelined by this movement because their often tragic stories don't fit the promise of self-actualization via the surgical removal of healthy tissue, the fatal conceit of the transgender moment.
The wealth of examples in this book should give pause to any dispassionate, intellectually-honest reader about the implications of this radical shift in the law, the biological and medical sciences and the cultural discourse surrounding gender and mental health.