Published on January 30, 2024 by Eugene Ho

Regnery Publishing, 2020 | 276 pages

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by Benjamin J. Montoya, PhD


About the Author

Abigail Shrier is a writer for the Wall Street Journal. She is a graduate of Columbia College, where she received the Euretta J. Kellett Fellowship; the University of Oxford; and Yale Law School. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.



There is a current wave of younger females between the ages of 11 and 21 who claim to have gender dysphoria. This wave, however, has only risen as of late, and it is not affecting boys in the same proportion. What is going on? What should we know about it? What should we think about it? Although this topic may present us with an uncomfortable topic to read about, this topic matters because no adolescent ought to pay the high price of irreversible damage for a cultural trend.


Table of Contents

Introduction:  The Contagion
Chapter One:  The Girls
Chapter Two:  The Puzzle
Chapter Three:  The Influencers
Chapter Four:  The Schools
Chapter Five:  The Moms and Dads
Chapter Six:  The Shrinks
Chapter Seven:  The Dissidents
Chapter Eight:  The Promoted and the Demoted
Chapter Nine:  The Transformation
Chapter Ten:  The Regret
Chapter Eleven:  The Way Back
Afterword: The Update




Chapter One: The Girls

There is no question that being a teenager is not easy. They are undergoing major body transitions, growths, and levels of awareness like never before. In the recent past, say before things like social media even existed, people spent more time together in person. Teenagers especially flocked to groups that they socialized in, shared their struggles with, etc. It was not uncommon for teenagers to get into some level of mischief as they tried different things. Nowadays, social media and direct access to internet everywhere always has changed things. People are alone more often, they spend time in person with people less often, and so when they face struggles, they endure them alone. Even if they are dealing with anxiety or depression, they don’t have the kinds of friendship circles they once did. Instead, they have the polished lives people want them to see on social media, only posting the positive aspects without mentioning the negative parts. 

Enter the kinds of gender and social issues surrounding them. Before teenage girls went through these kinds of things together. It was not uncommon for some girls to be known as tomboys who would grow out of that stage as they grew up around their peers. What was uncommon was someone wanting to change their gender in any way, whether it was taking hormones or seeing a surgeon. That shift is a more recent development given the larger cultural focus on the topic. For nearly a decade, this trans-epidemic has worked to put its hands on everything. . . .

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