When Harry Became Sally

Responding to the Transgender Moment

Ryan T. Anderson, PhD

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When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment provides thoughtful answers to all of these questions. Drawing on the best insights from biology, psychology, and philosophy, Ryan T. Anderson offers a balanced approach to the policy issues, a nuanced vision of human embodiment, and a sober and honest survey of the human costs of getting human nature wrong. He reveals a grim contrast between the media’s sunny depiction and the often sad realities of gender-identity struggles. He introduces readers to people who tried to “transition” but found themselves no better off. Especially troubling is the suffering felt by adults who were encouraged to transition as children but later came to regret it. And there is a reason that many do regret it. As Anderson shows, the most helpful therapies focus not on achieving the impossible—changing bodies to conform to thoughts and feelings—but on helping people accept and even embrace the truth about their bodies and reality. This discussion will be of particular interest to parents who fear how an ideological school counselor might try to steer their child. The best evidence shows that the vast majority of children naturally grow out of any gender-conflicted phase. But no one knows how new school policies might affect children indoctrinated to believe that they really are trapped in the “wrong” body.

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Ryan T. Anderson, PhD
About the Author

Ryan T. Anderson, PhD

Ryan T. Anderson, PhD, is the William E. Simon senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and he is the founder and editor of Public Discourse, the online journal of the Witherspoon Institute of Princeton, New Jersey. He is the author of When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment and Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom, and he is the co-author of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense and Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination.

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Credible and Informative

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Based on some of the reviews I was a bit skeptical. However, I found the author’s presentation to be credible, balanced and very informative. This book is an important voice in the conversation.

Outstanding Book

5 5 1
Ryan Anderson sets forth a compelling case about the potential harm of the rush to normalize the transgender movement and the rush to push children into hormone and sex reassignment surgery at a young age. Many have and will criticize his work as that of a transphobe, but that is not the case. He promotes tolerance and compassion for those suffering in this manner and presents well thought out arguments supporting his position.

Important Read

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I wanted to understand this current issue in society. The Author does a very detailed, fact-based and straightforward approach to explaining not only the issue physically but mentally as well. It's​ a tough subject and I read it a chapter at a time. More than you probably ever wanted to know. Many medical details above my head (thus the 4 and not 5 Star) but I feel an important read and a great contribution to the debate.