Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters (2021) by Abigail Shrier has over 6,000 Amazon reviews averaging 4.5 stars. It describes some of the events I missed over the last five short years. It is engaging, poetically written, and an overwhelming indictment. It is not about adult men who believe they are women or the reverse. It is not about gay or lesbian adults. It is about an attack on our most psychologically vulnerable group—adolescent and preadolescent girls. Shirer presents this material without judgment, but I cannot write with her objectivity.
Social media celebrates the transgender (TS/TG) wave, and minor children are the most susceptible. YouTube “influencers” and TS center “caregivers” both say that if the patient notice feelings of this kind, they should be acted upon. I thought I was hardened after the past few years of watching healthcare, but I was wrong. Stick with me and you too will be shocked.
The process typically begins with psychological stress or trauma—a divorce, a rejection, a family breakup, or maybe something more minor. Everyone has dramas, and young women feel them acutely. Next, with the help of social media influencers on YouTube channels and occasionally their peers, these children are trained—groomed, really, over many hours of exposure—to believe the whole thing is reasonable. TS is a new identity with a thrill of rebellion, which is a seductive lock for many young girls. The victims are most often virgins who are innocent of any sexual contact (exploring early sex, which has disadvantages of its own, might clarify the situation). At every stage, emotional separation from the target’s parents is aggressively promoted.
Next, these influencers and counselors encourage the use of breast binders—often without parental consent—to disguise the developing bodies and sexuality. Binders are tight, aggravating, worsen asthma, and occasionally crack delicate ribs. They can destroy developing breast structure and may render breasts flat and saggy.
“Puberty blocker” medications such as Lupron follow, which make most people feel terrible. These are toxic, injectable medications that are conventionally used to treat prostate cancer or adult women’s infertility. This may produce irreversible brain damage.
A prescription for an adult male dose of testosterone is the next step in the process. This is ten to twenty times what a woman needs for proper functioning. Over a few months, faces and bodies assume a permanently masculine shape, and vaginas shrink and become dry. Uteruses also atrophy and frequently cramp. Clitorises become huge and protrude, and voices deepen. Both are permanent as well. If ordinary sex is attempted, it may be difficult and irritating. For many, orgasm is impossible, and after a certain point, fertility is lost forever.
These adolescents are then encouraged to consider “top surgery,” which is the euphemism for getting their breasts cut off. This creates either a low nipple or a better-centered but numb, reconstructed nipple. Depending on the surgeon’s skill, it may or may not look realistic. In either case, an unnatural horizontal scar remains. Some victims have their wombs and ovaries cut out. And a few have their enlarged clitorises altered so they look more like penises and can urinate through them, which involves taking a disfiguring graft of skin, fat, nerve, and artery from the forearm. This procedure is often disastrously botched.
Incredibly, most and sometimes all of this process can be undertaken with little or no psychological counseling or parental involvement. And these children can often obtain a prescription for Lupron or testosterone from the college student “healthcare” clinic on their own. Since the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), birth control pills and other hormones are covered by insurance.
Shrier’s book has story after heart-rending story about the patients, their parents, and the pitiful people running the YouTube channels. These kids end up hairy, with deepened voices, and permanently enlarged clitorises. But they still retain a feminine delicacy, and their identities are fragile, for they are neither male nor female.
The media, the counselors, and the doctors involved seem the vilest and most opportunistic. The surgeons cater to this cash market and function as technicians rather than evaluating each patient as a person. It is the only cosmetic surgery that permanently alters function. No one is in charge of this asylum except the crazy patients and media “influencers.” And, most surprisingly of all, no one ever gets prosecuted for the child abuse of minors.
The most telling hallmark of the TG phenomena is attempted suicide, which has an incidence in many studies of 40 percent. This is about the same for the adults and the children. It is also similar before and after “transitioning,” which is evidence that the process has no positive effect on emotional pain or poor adjustment. One transitioner commented, “There’s so much depression, self-harm, and drug abuse in the trans community. They’re all goddam miserable… it’s just like this misery fest.”
Many of those who transitioned before 20 eventually switch back, but they never get their feminine form again and are mostly infertile. Trying to correct “top surgery” with breast augmentation produces cold, firm, and unnatural results because there is no breast tissue to cover the implant.
America has a long history of destructive fads based on young women’s hysterias. The Salem witch trials were one. More recently, the McMartin-type recovered memories theories sent a lot of caretakers to jail based on imaginary stories told by juveniles. This phantom-memory theory has been roundly discredited and almost all the supposed perpetrators were eventually released. I lived in Los Angeles during this era and went to a psychologist who—absent any memories of mine—spent his expensive sessions trying to convince me that I was the victim of incest. Some psychologists have thought that youth TG syndromes were related to multiple personality disorder, a related disease that some categorize as another hysteria.
Adult transgenders are well under a percent of the total population, but these kids may be influenced by peer pressure to convert in groups. So there are more of them.
Adult gays and lesbians—and many mature TG people—often see this thing as a fraud, speak out against it, and refuse to be identified with it. Social media has weaponized the “transphobe” label for anyone who objects to the TG narrative, and some of Shrier’s reviewers parrot this. But the story has alienated many progressives from their more fashionable and vocal peers. And as one reviewer wrote, “being a teenager should not be considered a medical condition.”
No one is more protective than a mother bear. This book has stories about liberal families who were originally permissive with their daughter’s “transition.” But when the mom realized what was happening, they left progressive states and successfully protected their offspring’s normal development.
Robert Yoho is a physician who blogs at robertyoho.substack.com.
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Thank you for this post, Robert Yoho. We know that it isn’t “just” adolescent girls they are going after.
Insurance company State Farm just recently ended its “partnership” with the LGBTQ GenderCool Project, due to pressure from “conservatives” over books for younger children on transgender issues.
We have to ask, why on earth would an insurance company support the gender-dysphoria gaslighting of very young children in our schools?
What do people think the “+” in “LGBTQ+” stands for? It stands for PEDOPHILIA. The same things that would get someone fired (or arrested) in the workplace, are now encouraged in our schools (and not just government schools), towards the youngest of children. They are calling this sexual grooming “Comprehensive Sex Education.”
Children are now, openly, prey.
This from The Hill:
“In a statement on Tuesday, the company said that while it will continue to back organizations that are focused on LGBTQ issues, it does not support a “required curriculum in schools on this topic.
“As a result, we have made the decision we will no longer be affiliated with the organization,” State Farm said. “We will continue to explore how we can support our associates, as well as organizations that align with our commitment to diversity and inclusion, including the LGBTQ+ community.”
“The Washington Examiner reported on Monday that State Farm’s partnership with the nonprofit advocacy group included encouraging its agents in Florida to donate three books to local public libraries and schools.
“The three books GenderCool promoted were “A Kids Book About Being Transgender,” “A Kids Book About Being Non-Binary,” and “A Kids Book About Being Inclusive,” which the group marketed in a three-book bundle to children who are 5 years of age or older.
“The project’s goal is to increase representation of LGBTQ+ books and support our Insurance company State Farm says it has ended its partnership with the LGBTQ GenderCool Project amid criticism from conservatives over books for younger children on transgender issues.
“The move from State Farm comes nearly two months after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed into law the Parental Rights in Education bill, better known as “Don’t Say Gay.” It prohibits primary school teachers from classroom instruction related to sexual orientation and gender identity, while educators of all grade levels are prohibited from instruction on topics that are deemed not “age appropriate or developmentally appropriate” for their students.”
The Hill article concludes by noting that “Many critics, organizations and companies, including Walt Disney, have publicly opposed the new law, saying it will harm LGBTQ youth and infringe on teachers’ free speech.”
The Manson Media pretends that only “conservatives” oppose classroom instruction on “sexual orientation and gender identity” for children; the reality is, the vast majority of people oppose it, when they learn what is really happening. Five year olds are now being taught, in some classrooms, “how to masturbate.” This is pedophilia and satanic child predation. They aren’t even hiding it anymore.
Thanks, Dr Yoho.
A couple of quibbles, though:
This is NOT something that occurred in the last 5 years, short or long. The destruction of Normal American culture–roots, trunk, branches, and leaves–started decades ago. Trans-mania is a logical manifestation of the PC belief that Normal America and Normal-Americans are abhorrent and must be changed. It’s not the only manifestation, just one of many. Glad you’re noticing now, welcome to the struggle.
The biggest quibble, though, is your deference to anti-Normal QWERTYIUOP+- adherents of other perversions. Referring to their reactions to the crimes committed against young girls appears to reflect a belief that they are endowed with some sort of superior moral compass, or knowledge, or cultural standing to comment on this issue. Their thoughts, ideas, reactions to this issue are totally irrelevant to a sane analysis. Normals must be careful to avoid bestowing extra-credibility status to perverts who appear to share a common view of a specific issue. Their views have no more credibility, or value, than those of Normals.
“Adult gays and lesbians—and many mature TG people—often see this thing as a fraud, speak out against it, and refuse to be identified with it.”
The observation that non-QWERTY+ “Progressives” may be “red-pilled” (brought into the Realist camp) by this issue is useful, though.
Probably a tangent that may be profitable to explore is the reaction of otherwise Normal “Feminists” and “Women’s Rights” PC-Progs to the effects that trans-mania has had on women’s issues: women’s sports seems to be the most visible and media-focused of those effects, but there are others. Is the women’s rights crowd realizing that they are in the wrong camp? That Normality is the answer, not the enemy?
What amazes me is the sick and demented intelligence that has the power
to project and amplify these destructive ideologies into society. We can see
the goal is to turn civil society into an amorphous jelly they can mold and shape
into a mass of jabbering idiots they can control. A mass of idiots prepared to self
destruct on command to save the planet, persecute their neighbors, or mutilate
Millions of years of biological development have molded men into the role of primary protector of the family. A girl who is altered into a man will never be as effective in that role. A boy who is altered into a woman will never create a family. Destroy what it means to be a man or a woman and you destroy both the family and the nation.
Our nation was the epicenter of human freedom for roughly 200 years. Greedy Evil Bastards who see themselves as masters and the rest of us as cattle are in the process of harvesting the United States and returning us to slavery. Trans-mania is just one relatively small tool they are using to erase our culture and put us back into chains.
Normal, non-satanic societies used to cherish and celebrate the process of a young woman’s body maturing to adulthood as a key evolution in normal, healthy life.
The fact this is now denigrated by the establishment is another sign just how evil they are.
I’ll take the opportunity to olug Matt Walsh’s upcoming documentary – What is a Woman? Starring many of the fingers clutching from the Expert hands reaching out from the many arms that extend from the monstrous body and maw of THE SCIENCE ™. See how they run. See how they whine.
American homosexual artists, intellectuals and culture-philes used to shudder at all notions of forming or comprising a visible (or collective) vanguard for promoting “progressive” social change. What was left unsaid (or only cleverly said on-stage or in-song) was sufficient (even better). Revolutionary simply didn’t harmonize with Gay. My own sense is that De-gendering or Trans-gendering persons anatomically (particularly children) would have utterly horrified the American and British homosexual subcultures of the 1950’s and 60’s – back when Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was still widely influential on moral thought.
Thanks for this highly informative piece Dr. Yolo.