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.
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Very Intelligent and Respectful Book
Very thorough, logical and clearly presented research. Also very respectful and civil in tone. Good to hear different perspectives and information to become informed and able to make up one’s own mind on matters. Well done book contributes to diversity of perspective and thoughtful respectful dialogue among people. Highly recommend if your interested in an intellectual deep dive on this topic.
Transphobic Literature- DO NOT BUY
Check out Julia Serano’s “Whipping Girl” if you are looking to inform yourself on issues relating to trans people (specifically trans feminine people). This book is heinous in concept, don’t be fooled by the cover and the (problematically) catchy name. Source: I am a transgender archaeologist currently in graduate school.
A must read for all. Whether a person struggling with their gender identity, or a parent or teacher, this book will open eyes. This is the book that should be making the rounds through our public school system. The real life examples are a heartbreaking.