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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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Now comes Anderson’s latest book, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment. This cheekily titled book offers a substantive treatment on virtually all aspects of the transgender movement—from the historical developments that sparked the rise of gender fluidity, to the policy implications for society when it discards the idea of gender being determined by biological sex.
Though Anderson is a devout Catholic, When Harry Became Sally is not a religious work—at all. That said, nothing in the book is hostile to the religious reader. Though accessible, the book is at times complex with sophisticated philosophical argument and statistical analysis.
The book evaluates the transgender movement in light of psychology, philosophy, biology, and public policy. This is important to note because it shows the many horizons implicated by transgenderism’s advancement in the culture. It also means that Anderson’s work is substantively different than my own book, God and the Transgender Debate, which was a lay-level pastoral and ethical response encouraging the church to biblical fidelity in a hostile culture.
Anderson distills the problems that issue from transgenderism down to ones of equality, liberty, privacy, safety, and ideology. He does all of this judiciously and with careful reasoning. One of the most intriguing elements of the book is Anderson using the language and arguments of transgender activists against themselves. For example, Anderson demonstrates how activists flagrantly contradict themselves from statements made in 2005 about “birth sex” to current language of “sex assigned at birth.” This shows the nebulous, shifting-sand nature of transgender activism. Another compelling aspect of the book is Anderson’s rigorous interrogation of transgender studies that are used to bolster unquestioned support for it.
An Important Asset in the Christian Response to Transgenderism
Five particular areas in Anderson’s work stand out, and they make the book an important contribution and asset in Christianity’s understanding of, and response to, transgenderism.
First, Anderson utilizes natural law theory in his argumentation. In my view, Anderson’s arguments give natural explanation to theological categories that Genesis addresses. For example, what does it mean to be made male and female in God’s image? How central is reproductive organization in defining manhood and womanhood? Anderson’s comments on teleology and design, which issue from his understanding of natural law theory’s “basic goods” premise, should be particularly satisfying to evangelicals looking for rational explanation of biblical truth.
Second, Anderson’s book does a good job explaining the concept of gender and the ways rigid gender stereotyping can actually contribute to gender identity confusion.
Third, though “Gender Identity” is an almost ubiquitous and unquestioned concept in our culture, Anderson does a good job explaining the philosophical problems with it. How, for example, can a biological male really understand what it “feels” like to be a woman? On what basis or standard can that judgment or feeling be made and authenticated? This is not to discredit the reality and pain of gender dysphoria, where individuals perceive an incongruence between their biological sex and gender identity, but to question whether those psychological perceptions are in any way accurately depicting what it is to objectively feel like a member of the opposite sex.
Fourth, contrary to the claims of transgender activists, Anderson’s book is thoroughly compassionate, balancing sensitivity for those with gender dysphoria with truth about the problems plaguing the transgender worldview. Anderson is charitable toward those who disagree with him and insists, unequivocally, that all persons are made in God’s image and deserving of respect and kindness.
Fifth, Anderson includes narratives of those who have “de-transitioned” from a transgender identity, individuals who previously “transitioned” to living as a member of the opposite sex but whose lives remained unfulfilled. This is without doubt the most heartbreaking part of the book and should awaken readers to the exploratory and, frankly, dangerous medicine done under the umbrella of political correctness.
Any reader who is suspicious of the claims made by transgender activists – or who think society has moved too rapidly on this debate – should welcome Anderson’s book. Anderson has done vital work that gets to the heart of the transgender debate: providing a defense of manhood and womanhood that comports with biological reality, not ideology.
Love it or hate it, you have to hand it to Anderson for making such a comprehensive contribution to this issue.
Some highlights of the book:
Particularly compelling is the chapter on individuals who de-transitioned. No matter what you think about transitioning, on one point we should all be able to agree: We should seriously take pause before resorting to drastic and permanent therapies, especially for children. These therapies have long-term, irreversible effects and as such must be taken extremely seriously.
I found especially interesting Anderson's philosophical observations about the metaphysics of transgender ideology and social constructs. It is this argument in particular that I would love to hear from the other side on.
More than anything, this book is an invitation to think more clearly about human sexuality. I hope that even those who disagree with Anderson will receive that invitation, respond to his arguments, and let us talk about the transgender moment with honesty and civility.