Supporters of author Abigail Shrier decry the store’s censorship
Writer Abigail Shrier is the newest subject of internet controversy, as Target pulled her recent book, Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters, from its shelves yesterday. Shrier’s supporers call the act censorship.
“Target.com just made my book disappear,” tweeted Shrier. “Does it bother anyone that Woke activists and spineless corporations now determine what Americans are allowed to read?”
Irreversible Damage, which sports a Ben Shapiro cover blurb, is a deep dive into what the book calls the “trans epidemic,” and offers data and advice for parents of children who may identify as trans. Similar to the rhetoric around J.K. Rowling’s anti-trans beliefs, Shrier offers examples of children who identify as trans and begin their transition process, only to deeply regret the choice.
“The efforts to smear my friend @AbigailShrier and to disappear her book (hi, @Target) is despicable—and a sign of what’s to come,” tweeted writer Bari Weiss. “I regret that I didn’t speak up earlier on her behalf, that I also thought to myself: is this the hill I want to die on?”
Target chose to take Irreversible Damage of its shelves after a now-deleted tweet from user @BlueIris04 called the book transphobic. “In 2016, @Target, you released a statement affirming your support for transgender customers,” tweets another user, @_Alexa_Bee in a thread. “@AskTarget why you’re selling a book notorious for its harmful rhetoric against us? Historically, harmful products have been pulled from the shelf, and this should be, too.”
“[C]isgender people need to stop positioning themselves as experts on lives they’ve never lived,” writes Amazon reviewer B.A. In response, another user replied, “Amazon should unpublish this one-star rating.”
While people throw around the term “cancel culture” without prejudice online, it’s worth noting that Shrier’s book is #1 in LGBTQ on Amazon, and its controversy has allowed the author to make the rounds on Joe Rogan’s and Megyn Kelly’s shows, as well as pen an op-ed in Quillette.