Abigail Shrier’s book “Irreversible Damage” purports to be a critical examination of the rise of transgender youth and the medical treatments that are often prescribed to them. However, upon closer examination, it becomes clear that the book is riddled with problematic and harmful content that spreads misinformation and fear about transgender individuals and the medical community that serves them.
From the very beginning, Shrier sets a tone of alarm and misinformation, suggesting that there is a “transgender craze” sweeping the nation and that young people are being rushed into medical treatments without proper understanding or consideration of the consequences. This is not only untrue, but it also perpetuates harmful myths about transgender individuals and the medical professionals who work with them.
Furthermore, Shrier’s book relies on anecdotes and cherry-picked data to support her arguments, while ignoring or dismissing the wealth of scientific research and expert opinions that support the efficacy and safety of medical treatments for transgender youth. This not only undermines the credibility of the book, but also contributes to the spread of misinformation and fear about a vulnerable and marginalized community.
This is the story about the journey that Cass Eris, a cognitive psychologist, did through this book to give us the details about it. It is a lot to unpack, but it’s worth doing it.
Introduction, from a cognitive psychologist
Rapid-onset gender dysphoria?
Who’s to blame, according to Shrier
The Therapists’ “peculiar mandate”
Shrier, Blanchard, and Bailey, oh my!
The remaining “dissidents”, well out of pocket
Celebrities, forgotten Ls, and women’s rights
Why Shrier thinks people would transition
Is There a Trans Cult?
A detransitioned gender critical woman’s story
The Way Back?
The End of Irreversible Damage: Updates and Stories