We live in unprecedented times, when what was known for thousands of years, that we are created male and female, is now up for debate. It is now controversial to see that sex is binary, that a man can never become a woman, nor a woman a man, and that men should not enter women's sports, women's bathrooms, and women's prisons, merely for saying that they are a woman. We are witnessing a rapid rise in gender confusion among young people, especially among young women and girls.
The Detransition Diaries is both personal and historical. It is personal in that it recounts the stories of five women and two men who felt they were born in the wrong body and believed the lie they were told by peers, teachers, and medical professionals that they could be their "true" selves by medically and surgically altering their bodies to match the opposite sex. Their stories describe the short- and long-term harm that so-called gender-affirmative medicine did to their mental and physical health. The book is historical because it outlines the history of the "gender-affirmation" movement, including the various individuals and organizations who have peddled the idea that the sexual binary is arbitrary.
The book closes with an analysis on how this dark chapter in medical abuse might end and what is needed for medicine to regain its obligation to do no harm.
"A trenchant critique of the radical ideology and junk science underpinning the ethical scandal unfolding in America's gender clinics."
— Helen Joyce, Author, Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality
"Jennifer Lahl and Kallie Fell, with courage born of compassion, give voice to the victims of gender ideology and the gender-industrial complex."
— Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University
"An indispensable exposé of one of the greatest medical scandals of all time—the ideological quackery known as 'gender affirming care'."
— Jay Richards, Ph.D., William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation
"This carefully reported, compelling book gives voice to the complexity, confusion, and suffering experienced by young men and women who undertook and then reversed a 'gender journey'. Measured, unsensationalized, but devastating, it is an intervention on behalf of patients' voices."
— Mary Harrington, Author, Feminism against Progress
"This book skillfully presents the victims of transgender ideology, while also placing this latest misdirection of medicine in a historical context with other violations of medical ethics."
— Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., President, Ethics and Public Policy Center
"Jennifer Lahl is a brave and tenacious defender of the rights of vulnerable people. In an age when too few people have been willing to confront the truth about abuses within the medical industry, Lahl's is a precious voice."
— Louise Perry, Author, The Case Against the Sexual Revolution
"A courageous and compassionate counternarrative via the heart-wrenching stories of formerly transgendered people who 'detransitioned' and resumed identities consistent with their biological sex."
— Wesley J. Smith, Chair, Discovery Institute's Center on Human Exceptionalism
"This book offers historical context, moving personal stories, and a thorough explanation of why teen girls, especially, are being sucked into the transgender vortex."
— Don Johnson, Producer, Dysconnected
"A candid exploration of the history and harms of so-called gender affirming care, arming parents with essential truths. By exposing the harms of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones, this book empowers parents to regain trust in their own expertise."
— Tiffany Justice, Cofounder, Moms for Liberty