Amazon employees furious, quit over anti-trans book; Target bans book

Thu. July 15, 2021 11:12 AM by Gerald Farinas

irreversible damage

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American Booksellers Association apologizes for promoting book

Amazon drew the ire of corporate employees vehemently opposed to the continued sale of an anti-transgender book that seems to say that transgender people are mentally ill. 467 employees signed onto the grievance while two resigned in protest.

Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters is by Wall Street Journal writer Abigal Shrier. Published in paperback on June 30 (originally published in 2020), the book claims that transgender people are enticed to adopt the identity by "trans influencers.

"Educators and therapists ...push life-changing interventions on young girls including medically unnecessary double mastectomies and puberty blockers that can cause permanent infirtility," the publisher claims in its summary.

"[Shrier] offers urgently needed advice about how parents can protect their daughters," Regenery Publishing, a conservative book publisher, explains. "[This] book will help you understand what the trans craze is and how you can inoculate your child against it or how to retrieve her from this dangerous path."

The American Booksellers Association is also under fire for promoting the book to about 750 member bookstores.

Transgender bookseller Casey Morrissey of Greenlight in Brooklyn, NY, shared on Twitter, "Do you know how that feels, as a trans bookseller and book buyer?"

The ABA apologized, calling it an act of violence. But advocates say the apology was not enough. 

Conservative magazine Economist named it a "Book of the Year."

While Amazon continues to sell the book, other retailers have banned its sale, including Target. Conservative writers are now asking Christian "investors" to boycott the company for their "social activism."

Shrier remains defiant in a statement.

"The issue won't go away just because some disgruntled Amazon employees wish it would," she said.

On Twitter, Shrier called her detractors "bona fide idiot[s]."

Meanwhile, Amazon has banned books sympathetic to the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacy.