Published in June, Abigail Shrier's Irreversible Damage argues that teachers, therapists and the media are encouraging vulnerable teenage girls to identify as "transgender," and pushing life-changing treatments and surgeries - including puberty-blocking hormones and double mastectomies - on these teens.
Childhood gender dysphoria is a relatively recent phenomenon, but one that has entered the mainstream. At a town-hall event last month, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden even said there should be "zero discrimination" against children wanting to transition. In this woke climate, Shrier said that she faced immense difficulty in voicing her "commonsense" opposition.
"Amazon blocked my publisher from sponsoring ads for my book, while allowing ads for books that pushed the contrary view," she said in a Twitter thread on Thursday. The retail giant said the ad "may not be appropriate for all audiences," even though Regnery Publishing said the ad only featured a shot of the book's cover.
"All of the legacy media outlets refused journalists' requests to review my book," she continued. One media figure that did speak to Shrier about her book was podcast host Joe Rogan, who was harassed by Men's Health magazine for daring to host such a "transphobic" author, whose work was apparently "putting lives in danger." Men's Health used to feature workout plans and diet tips, but lately has embraced woke orthodoxy.
Moreover, Spotify executives hastily convened meetings to decide whether to pull the episode from their platform. It remains online, but others speaking out in support of Shrier were successfully 'canceled.' Science forums banned users for praising her book, and a crowdfunding campaign to put up billboards promoting it was shut down by Gofundme. The crowdfunding site still allows transgender teenagers to raise cash for "gender reassignment" surgery.
"Commonsense debate is being strangled by a woke orthodoxy," Shrier concluded. "My book contains not a word of hate. I explored a medical issue and offered a considered view."
"How many other issues will you never hear about? How many journalists have already abandoned the pursuit of truth?"The censorship drive highlighted by Shrier is ongoing. Joe Rogan - a relatively apolitical pundit - landed himself in hot water again this week for hosting a podcast with right-wing controversialist Alex Jones. Though Spotify's top brass refused to censor the episode, liberal listeners began a boycott campaign against the streaming service.
Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have all cracked down on a range of controversial content. British supermarkets cave to the whims of transgender activists and pull their ads from right-wing magazines. Newspapers call the victims of 'Black Lives Matter' mob beatdowns racists to excuse the violence. Insulting transgender people from the privacy of your own home may soon be a criminal offense in Scotland.
In the US, Shrier's warning that journalists may have "abandoned the pursuit of truth" is apparently coming true. The media at large there has censored itself on the issue of the Biden family's foreign business dealings, seemingly in a desire to see President Donald Trump removed from office.