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The transgender movement has hit breakneck speed. In the space of a year, it’s gone from something that most Americans had never heard of to a cause claiming the mantle of civil rights.  

But can a boy truly be “trapped” in a girl’s body? Can modern medicine really “reassign” sex? Is sex something “assigned” in the first place? What’s the loving response to a friend or child experiencing a gender-identity conflict? What should our law say on these issues?  

When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment provides thoughtful answers to all of these questions. Drawing on the best insights from biology, psychology, and philosophy, Ryan T. Anderson offers a balanced approach to the policy issues, a nuanced vision of human embodiment, and a sober and honest survey of the human costs of getting human nature wrong.  

He reveals a grim contrast between the media’s sunny depiction and the often sad realities of gender-identity struggles. He introduces listeners to people who tried to “transition” but found themselves no better off. Especially troubling is the suffering felt by adults who were encouraged to transition as children but later came to regret it.  

And there is a reason that many do regret it. As Anderson shows, the most helpful therapies focus not on achieving the impossible - changing bodies to conform to thoughts and feelings - but on helping people accept and even embrace the truth about their bodies and reality. This discussion will be of particular interest to parents who fear how an ideological school counselor might try to steer their child. The best evidence shows that the vast majority of children naturally grow out of any gender-conflicted phase. But no one knows how new school policies might affect children indoctrinated to believe that they really are trapped in the “wrong” body.  

©2018 Ryan T. Anderson (P)2018 Black Hills Audiobooks, LLC

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  • T.
  • Dublin
  • 06-04-18

Anti Trans*

The author not even for a second acknowledges that there might be the possibility for transgenderism. In one part he agrees that there is a fundamental brain difference between sexes and then puts all transgenders either into the group of autogynephiliacs or into homosexuals. And then says that all transgenders suffer from some traumas. This book describes from my point of view, a minor group of "transexuals" which de-transitioned, but definitely not the majority and definitely not my experience with transsexuals and transgender people.
Still, I recommend this book, just to have a second opinion, but do not make up your mind just based on this book.
I am from EU so I am not judging the policies in US, but in EU there are countries with far more liberal laws, then described in this book.

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Great Book Based On Scientific and Anecdotal Evidence

When Harry Became Sally is absolutely worth the read (or listen) for anyone who is open minded enough to listen to viewpoints that don’t align with the popular narrative in culture today regarding the transgender issue. It takes to task the most important issue of the topic, which is the treatment of children who identify as transgender.

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  • Mrs G.
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Not the unbiased reference book expected

This is written by a clearly American Conservative Christian bent and is not a true examination of the issues.
While it contains many verifiable facts it ignores much of the available unbiased science in the same way trans activists do when it does not suit their agenda.

Anderson missed an opportunity to enlighten rather than simply criticise.

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