TRYING TO SILENCE A TRANSGENDER CRITIC: Cancel Culture Strikes Again!
Abigail Shrier has been cancelled! So who is she? Shrier is a writer for the Wall Street Journal and holds an AB from Columbia College, a BPhil from the University of Oxford, and a JD from Yale Law School. Shrier is the author of a new book entitled, Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters. Just to be clear, Shrier is not writing as a political or theological conservative. She accepts the concept of being transgender in theory for consenting adults. What she does not accept is the current cultural push to encourage and support our teenage, and younger, daughters to pursue a transgender alteration if they are eager to.
Shrier’s new book is an in-depth look into the trans epidemic. To write the book, Shrier talked to the girls struggling with the trans issue, and to their agonized parents, and the counselors and doctors who enable gender transitions, as well as to detransitioners—young women who bitterly regret what they have done to themselves. Shrier shows that coming out as transgender immediately boosts these girls’ social status, but once they take the first steps of transition, it is not easy to walk back. She offers urgently needed advice about how parents can protect their daughters.
To no one’s surprise, Shrier is experiencing the repercussions of cancel culture. Her book is being widely ignored by the mainstream media outlets. The new secular left does not attempt to debate or dialogue with you, they simply “cancel” you. For example, Shrier has received no reviews from the established liberal press—not from the New York Times, The Atlantic, Kirkus Reviews, nor any other mainstream online publications. Amazon, which still sells and thus profits from Irreversible Damage, has refused to allow sponsored ads to promote the book. This past summer, Shrier appeared on the immensely popular Joe Rogan Experience podcast, and was immediately denounced by some. LGBT activist Philip Ellis, writing in Men’s Health in July, blasted the entire interview by saying:
Take the recent episode with guest Abigail Shrier. During Shrier’s conversation with Rogan, in which she promoted her book, Irreversible Damage, Shrier invalidated the lived experience of trans and nonbinary kids and teens, and made numerous dangerous, entirely unsound false equivalencies.
SO…what do we make of this? The transgender epidemic is clearly an issue that is affecting sincere people in life-altering ways. Christians must have compassion for all involved. But the attempt to silence Shrier is a clear reminder of the current assault on free speech in our culture. Polls show that an increasing number of Gen Z are opposed to the concept of free speech if it will “hurt” or offend someone. The message is clear: either support the new moral revolution or you will be crushed, or worse yet, ignored! Christians have no promise of living in a nation protecting free speech; many certainly do not! But Christians do have an obligation to courageously speak up and be clear about truth and falsehood—and to do so in love. Faithfulness to Jesus demands no less.