Learn about Abigail Shrier and her anti-trans book Irreversible Damage in Episode 4 of The Anti-Trans Hate Machine Animated Series, a companion to Season 2 of TransLash Media’s podcast series The Anti-Trans Hate Machine: A Plot Against Equality.
‘A VOICE FOR ANTI-TRANS, MASS MEDIA’ TRANSCRIPT
Today I’m going to explore how Abigail Shrier, someone with no real scientific or medical credentials, has become a go to source for spreading anti-trans disinformation, especially about trans kids across the media landscape.
Shrier started as a lawyer with an Ivy League education, but ended up with an opinion column at the Wall Street Journal.
There, she pushed the junk science concept of Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria.
Using anti-trans fear, ultimately led to a publishing deal for her book, Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters.
Her book argues that social influences make kids trans and that parents need to reclaim the home as a place where moms and dads model strict gender roles to stop social contagion.
By moving from channel to channel, the buzz around Shrier’s book got louder and louder and eventually became impossible to ignore.
She was a regular fixture of Tucker Carlson on Fox News, which before its cancellation, was the highest news program on any cable news channel, as well as Joe Rogan‘s podcast, which has an audience of over 11 million listeners making it the number one podcast on Spotify, and these are just a few.
The vast reach of these outlets, and her voice is why the appeal for parents to resist when kids say that they are trans has found its way to ever larger audiences.
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ABOUT THIS SERIES
The Anti-Trans Hate Machine Animated Series, part of our #AntiTransHateMachine campaign, explains in easy to access videos how anti-trans pseudoscience and disinformation has become widely accepted as fact. From conversion therapy, to rapid onset gender dysphoria, to “watchful waiting,” a vast network of Christian Nationalist organizations and bad-actors have used both rightwing and mainstream media to change the way an entire nation thinks about the validity of trans people.
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