Irreversible Damage - Abigail Shrier

Irreversible Damage

By Abigail Shrier

  • Release Date: 2020-06-30
  • Genre: Political Science
Score: 4
From 181 Ratings



"Irreversible Damage . . . has caused a storm. Abigail Shrier, a Wall Street Journal writer, does something simple yet devastating: she rigorously lays out the facts." —Janice Turner, The Times of London

Until just a few years ago, gender dysphoria—severe discomfort in one’s biological sex—was vanishingly rare. It was typically found in less than .01 percent of the population, emerged in early childhood, and afflicted males almost exclusively.

But today whole groups of female friends in colleges, high schools, and even middle schools across the country are coming out as “transgender.” These are girls who had never experienced any discomfort in their biological sex until they heard a coming-out story from a speaker at a school assembly or discovered the internet community of trans “influencers.”

Unsuspecting parents are awakening to find their daughters in thrall to hip trans YouTube stars and “gender-affirming” educators and therapists who push life-changing interventions on young girls—including medically unnecessary double mastectomies and puberty blockers that can cause permanent infertility.

Abigail Shrier, a writer for the Wall Street Journal, has dug deep into the trans epidemic, talking to the girls, their agonized parents, and the counselors and doctors who enable gender transitions, as well as to “detransitioners”—young women who bitterly regret what they have done to themselves.

Coming out as transgender immediately boosts these girls’ social status, Shrier finds, but once they take the first steps of transition, it is not easy to walk back. She offers urgently needed advice about how parents can protect their daughters.

A generation of girls is at risk. Abigail Shrier’s essential book will help you understand what the trans craze is and how you can inoculate your child against it—or how to retrieve her from this dangerous path.


  • Anyone saying this book is transphobic has obviously not read it

    By MEDohrmann
    A fair assessment of the culture, parents, woke mob, and the need for us to question and support as parents, not just affirm. Lots of interviews with parents and transitioned people, it is exceptionally interesting. The woke culture doesn’t like questions though.
  • Transphobic and Insulting

    By s2artjm
    This book is infantilizes trans men as confused teenage girls, but offers no real incite into the world of raising a trans masculine child. Apparently teenage trans men are just homophobic attention seekers, despite the common thread in all of the accounts being unsupportive, ill-informed, and/or dismissive parents. To any parents hoping this book will offer help in how to navigate your child’s newfound identity, I implore you to look elsewhere.
  • Non cis = mental issue

    By sthormes27
    Yes, you read it right
  • Excellent

    By majon340
    Coming across gender critical perspectives and now reading this book has changed the way I see nearly everything going on in the Anglosphere, socioculturally speaking. I highly recommend reading this book, especially if you are like I was and had never really thought critically about the messages being promoted by this gender ideologue movement.
  • Searching for truth

    By Plasterizer
    This book takes courage and self confidence to read. It offers a different perspective. I believe the author and the study it is based on does not harbor any ill intent toward anyone. Instead, I believe there is strong desire to attempt understand. There is so much emotion and noise surrounding this subject matter and takes courage to venture into the fray. In the current social/political environment, it is common place for anyone who offers a perspective that differs from the passionate vocal groups run the risk of being burned to the ground. I give credit to the author for daring to step in and offer this perspective. Although the text can be a bit heavy handed in places, but my intuition tells me there are also truths with in the text. Don’t listen to the hype surrounding this book... purchase or borrow it and decide for yourself. Don’t close off differing perspectives based on someone else’s strong opinion. Be brave, trust your own intellect, be ever curious, and continue to search for truth.
  • Awful

    By Lazygamergirl
    This book was so insulting! As a transgender male myself, I was horrified reading this NEVER EVER READ THIS BOOK😡😡😡
  • Awful

    By Stuartizawezomz
    The worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life
  • Puts into words everything we’ve been experiencing

    By IAmTheSwartz
    You know that feeling as a parent; that intuitively you know something isn’t quite right. But the mainstream media, social media, and the “experts” don’t have a word for it. Or insist you’re an -ist or a -phobe for questioning things. This book eloquently puts into words every single thing we knew in our guts was wrong and out of place, but I wasn’t finding discussed elsewhere. If you truly care about your daughter, you may find this helpful to read so that you can start to understand the underpinning issues contributing to this phenomenon.
  • Great read

    By Aaaaaffffff
    Interesting accounts of adolescent girls dealing with gender identity issues and a great warning to those diving head first into it without any substantial understanding of potential medical and psychological consequences
  • Hate this!!

    By 💜~Yoongi-Chim~💜
    This book is so transphobic! I’m a transgender male and me and my husband read this book, going into it with a positive attitude thinking this was gonna be tips for a parent with a transgender child, but NO! It’s transphobic and rude!! I felt so attacked reading this it was giving me major dysphoria! I hate this book! Wish I could give it 0 stars!! 😡