When Harry Became Sally

When Harry Became Sally

Responding to the Transgender Moment

Book - 2018
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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]
ISBN: 9781594039614
1594039615
Branch Call Number: 306.768 AN
Characteristics: 1 volume

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LionheartReborn
Oct 01, 2019

Trans-activists are a menace to society. They cherry-pick the data, do not inform people of the risks, spread the myth that life will be wonderful. At least the craziness in the U.S. has not completely spread to Canada, yet.

The existing studies are of generally poor quality and misleading. Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VovGbtShGvk

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naturalist
Aug 16, 2019

“Meet Ryan Anderson, The Anti-LGBT 'Scholar' Peddling Junk Science To National Media”
by Rachel Percelay, June 17, 2015, at Media Matters For America
https://www.mediamatters.org/legacy/meet-ryan-anderson-anti-lgbt-scholar-peddling-junk-science-national-media
and,
“Conservative book ‘When Harry Became Sally’ attacks trans people while conveniently leaving them out – Ryan T. Anderson's latest book on "The Transgender Moment" conveniently ignores reality.”
by Zack Ford, posted January 25, 2018, at Think Progress
https://thinkprogress.org/review-when-harry-became-sally-transgender-moment-4033a1b06dbb/
and,
All Posts About Ryan T. Anderson posted at Right Wing Watch
https://www.rightwingwatch.org/people/ryan-t-anderson/

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cassini
Aug 01, 2019

Anderson provides a convincing argument, particularly about teachers who cause needless confusion and anguish by imposing gender ideology on young children. Instead of allowing gender dysphoria to be a passing phase in a child's natural development, they are determined to reinforce it, by the use of surgery and drugs, if necessary. How many of these children grow up to resent the adults who distorted their minds and bodies?

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jdarc
Jun 05, 2019

A boy can definitely feel "trapped" in a girl's body, and to deny the validity of those feelings is to disrespect a fellow human being. Modern medicine can often help to "confirm" gender. "Reassignment" is an outdated term. 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 thoughtless answers to questions arising from our transgender moment. Drawing on junk science from biology, psychology, and philosophy, Ryan Anderson offers a warped view of human embodiment, a Fox News approach to public policy on gender identity, and a misguided "assessment of the human costs of getting human nature wrong". This book pokes fun at the contrast between uplifting stories of courageous self-discovery and the stress felt by those feeling trapped by a sense of dysphoria. It highlights stories of difficult transitions by taking them out of context and downplaying both the complexity of each of those person's stories as well as the broad diversity of positive transition experiences that have helped to uplift a growing community of support. Especially troubling are the stories told by individuals who have been coached to view their journeys as "sinful" or who were abandoned by their support networks upon coming out. As Anderson shows, the most out-of-touch therapies focus on trying to convince people to force round souls into square bodies and act as if nothing was ever wrong. This understanding is vital for parents with children in school or church settings where counselors may steer a child toward conforming to fit stereotypes that don't feel right to them in private. Everyone has something at stake in the controversies over antidiscrimination policies, when misguided "traditionalist" policies force transwomen (who simply want a safe place to pee) into men's restrooms and other places where they may be targeted and bullied and penalize Americans who wish to act compassionately towards marginalized peoples or who question the need to unfailingly conform to "traditional gender roles". Under the guise of a compassionate approach Anderson offers a strategy for pushing back against a community that often feels marginalized and threatened by those who deny the need to fully understand those who are different from themselves before reacting aggressively. I shudder to think what else has been printed by this publisher.

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BuffyIsGr8
May 30, 2018

How did this book get four stars?

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buck90210
May 10, 2018

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

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