When Harry Became Sally
When Harry Became Sally Responding to the Transgender Moment By Anderson, Ryan T. Book - 2018

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 "Reassignment" is an outdated term.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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