When Harry Became Sally Rhetoric

Tediousness defines the complaints over the alleged censorship of Ryan T. Anderson’s fucking transphobic book.

Heritage Foundation’s Virginia Allen doesn’t seem to do much other than to complain about LGBTQ persons. Her other hobby is promoting conversion “therapy.” Presumably, as a Defender of the Faith.

Monday, Allen surfaces with: Based on False Assumption [sic], Amazon Still Censoring Book on Transgenderism.

Before I get further into Virginia Allen’s diatribe — about that pretentious book. Ryan T. Anderson holds himself out as some kind of expert regarding gender identity. The reality is that Mr. Anderson is a reverse engineer. Anderson starts with the false premise that the teachings of the Catholic Church represent incontrovertible truth, regardless of evidence to the contrary. Then, through selective observation, Anderson creates a fallacious validation of those teachings.

Ryan T. Anderson is not qualified to offer an analysis of gender incongruence.

Getting to Ms. Allen’s text:

For three years, Amazon sold Ryan Anderson’s book “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment.” Then, last February, the book disappeared from Amazon’s virtual shelves.

Anderson … first learned his book was being censored when he received a message from someone who wanted to buy the book, but could not find it on Amazon.

Nope. Not on Amazon. Although, Anderson’s marriage discrimination tomes are still available. Amazon is not compelled to sell an offensive and bigoted book written by someone who has no expertise in the subject.

“How does one benefit from reading religious bullshit about a medical condition?”

After a few more “boo-hoos”:

Upon contacting Amazon, a representative of the online giant informed Anderson it had removed his book because it violated its content policy.

Anderson, and many of the readers and political leaders who benefited from his extensive research on the transgender issue, were puzzled by Amazon’s vague rationale for censoring the book.

As I wrote, Anderson’s idea of “research” it to find out exactly what the Catholic Church teaches on a given subject and then to find conforming commentary. A couple of years ago, I checked around with a number of transgender medical experts; scientists, researchers and clinicians. I found no one whom Anderson contacted.

The only people “who benefited” from Anderson’s book are folks who needed to validate their bigotry while reinforcing Christian doctrine. How does one benefit from reading religious bullshit about a medical condition?

People are free to have the religious beliefs that float their boat. However, when people attempt to pass off faith-based dogma as evidence-based science is becomes bullshit per se.

Of course, enter Marco Fucking Rubio et al:

Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Mike Braun of Indiana, Mike Lee of Utah, and Josh Hawley of Missouri sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos last Feb. 24, asking a series of questions about why Amazon removed the book.

Brian Huseman, Amazon’s vice president for public policy, responded to the senators in a letter on March 11, writing: “We have chosen not to sell books that frame LGBTQ+ identity as a mental illness.”

“The fact that Virginia Allen is willing to buy into Anderson’s sallow defense demonstrates that she has the intellectual curiosity of my sourdough starter.”

Amazon’s business decisions are none of Rubio’s business. Nor Braun’s, Lee’s or Hawley’s.

One does not have to guess why Anderson refuses to debate an expert:

But “the book doesn’t do that,” Anderson explained.

“When Harry Became Sally” details the topic of “gender dysphoria, though it doesn’t discuss it in the context of a mental illness,” Anderson said, adding that he avoided using such language because it’s “stigmatizing.”

“It belittles people. It marginalizes people,” he explained.

Aside from being ignorant, Anderson is a liar. In January, 2018, Anderson wrote (at Heritage Foundation’s blog): The Sex-Change Revolution Is Based on Ideology, Not Science. Dismissing science (as the title does) is to accuse people of being mentally ill by adhering to an “ideology.”

Furthermore, I will repeat: Ryan T. Anderson is not qualified to challenge the science regarding gender identity.

I do not want to get sidetracked to comment on a 2018 piece. There is no reason to repeat what I wrote about this gibberish the same day as Anderson’s post. Suffice it to say that Anderson scribed a compendium of misinformation, deliberate lies and logical fallacies. All of which add up to claiming that transgender people are mentally ill.

The fact that Virginia Allen is willing to buy into Anderson’s sallow defense demonstrates that she has the intellectual curiosity of my sourdough starter.

“Did I mention that Anderson is often full of himself and full of shit?”

Allen also believes the following:

Anderson first decided to write a book about gender dysphoria and the “transgender moment” when he began hearing the stories of those who had transitioned and then detranitioned [sic]. One of those accounts Anderson first heard was that of Walt Heyer.

“Stories.” Plural. Furthermore, detransitioners do not alter the science surrounding gender identity. Moreover, Walt Heyer, having transitioned in late middle age many years ago, is not representative of anything that is applicable to transgender medicine. Heyer is a professional ex-trans religious crackpot.

Later on:

By refusing to sell the book, Anderson says, Amazon is “harming people with gender dysphoria who aren’t getting some of the knowledge that they need.”

The online giant’s continued censorship of “When Harry Became Sally” is also “insulting to the intellects of people on the left,” Anderson said, because the implication is that Amazon has to “protect you from dangerous ideas [because] you are so fragile that if we sold Ryan Anderson’s book, what? He might persuade you?”

Sure. Ryan T. Anderson can impart knowledge that clinicians who specialize in treating gender dysphoria cannot or will not. Did I mention that Anderson is often full of himself and full of shit?

“If Ryan T. Anderson really did some honest research he would rapidly concur that Church teachings do not represent objective truth.”

Furthermore, Amazon’s decision not to sell a book is not entirely to protect people. It is to deny credibility to crackpottery. However, kids are protected when ignorant parents cannot satisfy their confirmation bias. Any parent who believed that Anderson knows anything about gender dysphoria could do great harm to a child.

Ryan T. Anderson doesn’t care about the damage in his wake. Anderson is out to make a few bucks and to support Catholic doctrine no matter how insane the dogma is. The teachings of the Catholic Church in regards to transgender persons are based upon Genesis 1:27.

Therefore, someone who poses as a deep thinker is easily persuaded by a Bronze Age text that doesn’t even relate to the existence of transgender persons. If Ryan T. Anderson really did some honest research he would rapidly concur that Church teachings do not represent objective truth.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.