American Booksellers Association apologizes for ‘violent incident’ of recommending book
The American Booksellers Association (ABA) released a statement apologizing for recommending a book entitled “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters,” calling the recommendation a “violent incident.”
“An anti-trans book was included in our July mailing to members. This is a serious, violent incident that goes against ABA’s ends policies, values, and everything we believe and support. It is inexcusable,” the organization said in a statement posted to Twitter.
While no one in the ABA directly harmed anyone, they apologized for “the pain we caused” to members of the transgender community and the LGBTQIA+ community at large. However, they went a step further to say that “apologies are not enough” and claimed they have begun to address “the critical dialogue needed to inform concrete steps to address the harm we caused.” Those steps will be shared in the next three weeks, according to their statement.
The alleged “violent” book, written by Abigail Shrier, has a four and a half star rating on Amazon with over 3,600 reviews. A portion of its description reads, “Unsuspecting parents are awakening to find their daughters in thrall to hip trans YouTube stars and “gender-affirming” educators and therapists who push life-changing interventions on young girls—including medically unnecessary double mastectomies and puberty blockers that can cause permanent infertility.”
Shrier, a writer for the Wallstreet Journal, “has dug deep into the trans epidemic, talking to the girls, 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,” the description continues.
“Coming out as transgender immediately boosts these girls’ social status, Shrier finds, 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.” The book’s description goes on to say that parents will learn and understand how to protect their children from the “trans craze,” or how to “retrieve them from this dangerous path.”
The Independent Chronicle contacted Abigail Shrier and the American Booksellers Association for comment but did not immediately receive a response.