When Harry Became Sally

When Harry Became Sally

Responding to the Transgender Moment

Book - 2018 | First American edition.
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Can a boy be "trapped" in a girl's body? Can modern medicine "reassign" sex? Is our sex "assigned" to us in the first place? What is the most loving response to a person experiencing a conflicted sense of gender? What should our law say on matters of "gender identity"?

When Harry Became Sally provides thoughtful answers to questions arising from our transgender moment. Drawing on the best insights from biology, psychology, and philosophy, Ryan Anderson offers a nuanced view of human embodiment, a balanced approach to public policy on gender identity, and a sober assessment of the human costs of getting human nature wrong.

This book exposes the contrast between the media's sunny depiction of gender fluidity and the often sad reality of living with gender dysphoria. It gives a voice to people who tried to "transition" by changing their bodies, and found themselves no better off. Especially troubling are the stories told by adults who were encouraged to transition as children but later regretted subjecting themselves to those drastic procedures.

As Anderson shows, the most beneficial therapies focus on helping people accept themselves and live in harmony with their bodies. This understanding is vital for parents with children in schools where counselors may steer a child toward transitioning behind their backs.

Everyone has something at stake in the controversies over transgender ideology, when misguided "antidiscrimination" policies allow biological men into women's restrooms and penalize Americans who hold to the truth about human nature. Anderson offers a strategy for pushing back with principle and prudence, compassion and grace.
Publisher: New York : Encounter Books, [2018]
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9781594039614
Branch Call Number: 306.768 ANDERSO
Characteristics: 251 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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LibrarianDjaz Jul 28, 2018

Anti-trans, unscientific, harmful, dangerous rhetoric.

"Well you don't pick your parents and you don't pick your partner" - Detective Martin Hart, True Detective, Season 1

In context of this topic, perhaps this statement could be amended to be something like "Well you don't pick your DNA and you don't pick your chromosomes"

Just a few years from now once this strange social trend collapses under its own weight, people will wonder how the sterilization of pre-pubescent children not only wasn't frowned upon but was actively encouraged as a moral good. This book is a breezy, non-polemical dissection (eek....no pun intended) of a hollow and shabby progressive meme that was strangely taken seriously as a moral & political movement during the early 21st century in the Western world.

This work does succeed in steering clear of the graphic details that can be found in other works addressing this same topic and I did appreciate that very much. The ruined lives of people of all types and all ages will eventually pile up to the point that it can no longer be denied and this movement will implode. Unfortunately at this time we are a few years away from that tipping point. At present we are stuck in the intermediary holding pattern where common sense criticism is only slowly beginning to be allowed. Sadly many, many people are going to suffer while we wait for this nefarious meme to collapse. Let this book be your guide.

May 30, 2018

How did this book get four stars?

May 10, 2018

Follow this ideology and wind-up with a dead kid on your hands


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