Amazon has deleted a book from its website penned by political philosopher Ryan T. Anderson that analyzed transgenderism.
The story: Anderson, a senior research fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, announced on Twitter this week that the company took down his book titled: “When Harry Became Sally: Responding To The Transgender Moment.” Visiting the links to both the hard copy and Kindle e-book versions shows that they are no longer active.
I hope you’ve already bought your copy, cause Amazon just removed my book “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment” from their cyber shelves…. my other four books are still available (for now). https://t.co/cnMGZV1L0A
— Ryan T. Anderson (@RyanTAnd) February 21, 2021
No heads up? Anderson tweeted that Amazon did not notify him that the book has been deleted from the platform or given any explanation for the move. He said he discovered the book was no longer available on Amazon after a person who wanted to buy it reached out to him because the links were inactive.
The book, among other things, touches on the subject of gender dysphoria and argues that a gender change does not fix the issue. It notes that according to studies, treating gender dysphoria with hormone therapy and puberty blockers makes very little difference, even after individuals undergo sex reassignment surgery. Anderson also says that between 80% and 95% of children who suffer from gender dysphoria outgrow the condition in time.
“We need to respect the dignity of people who identify as transgender,” Anderson writes in the book, “but without encouraging children to undergo experimental transition treatments, and without trampling on the needs and interests of others.”
Unsurprisingly, the book drew positive reactions from conservatives and criticism from some progressives. The Washington Post reported back in 2017 that Anderson’s book became a bestseller on Amazon even before it was released.
Amazon is yet to comment on the ban. It is unclear if the book was flagged and removed by mistake.
Meanwhile, Amazon is selling Hitler’s autobiography “Mein Kampf.”
Critics accused Amazon of engaging in censorship. Some claimed that Anderson’s arguments in the book are based on facts and research.
Progressive corporations banning books seems bad. https://t.co/UUOYEJN4Yo
— J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) February 22, 2021
WHAT?! Amazon is censoring “When Harry Became Sally.” This book is rigorously cited & based on science. So the only reason Amazon would do this is because they don’t want anybody to question the leftist trans ideology. https://t.co/uRXxFr0TVO
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) February 21, 2021
This is ridiculous. @amazon please fix this error and restore @RyanTAnd’s book immediately. Unless this was intentionally done and you are playing thought-police with books that question and counter far-left ideology? If that’s true, you risk losing half your customer base. https://t.co/DpyWcSXeut
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) February 21, 2021
I am transgender and this book is enlightening, thoughtful and well-researched. It provides necessary and important information on the science and the social impact of the Gender Identity movement.@amazon @AmazonHelp must address this. Removing a book entirely is deeply wrong. https://t.co/C6gCizCCwW
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) February 21, 2021
Surely not. That is egregiously unacceptable, @amazon. This is a thoughtful and gracious book that represents how Christians and Jews (and Muslims too, for that matter) have approached gender for thousands of years. If true, this is censorship unbefitting of our country. https://t.co/P2qEILMjTg
— J.D. Greear (@jdgreear) February 22, 2021
Bear in mind Amazon has approaching 50% of the entire ecommerce market. One out of five books sold is a Kindle book. Amazon likely has a majority of all book sales. They’re effectively a monopoly.
“A private corporation can do what it wants” doesn’t quite cut it here. https://t.co/HtjNOc96Or
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) February 22, 2021
Some mid-level censor at Amazon appears to be conducting an experiment in what they can get away with:https://t.co/uQTf8XIxbr
— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) February 22, 2021
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