The WSJ recently reported on a new company that is selling books that have been censored by Amazon. This is the first time in history that a bookseller has been able to censor a book without any censorship laws or regulations.
The banned books are a list of books that have been censored by the government in China. These books will be available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but not through Chinese retailers.
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The American Booksellers Association apologized for a “awful” and “severe, violent event” on Wednesday. What heinous crime did it commit? This month, a trade organization devoted to marketing books sent out a paperback edition of a book that some of its members disliked.
The book in question is Abigail Shrier’s “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters.” It contends, as Ms. Shrier described in these pages last year, that “transgender identity among young girls has become a social contagion,” and that medical intervention for adolescent girls with sudden-onset gender dysphoria may cause severe and lasting damage.
Ms. Shrier condemns discrimination against trans people and supports medical gender changes for adults. Her legitimate worry is for teenage females who have exhibited no signs of gender dysphoria in the past, and who may subsequently regret a choice that fundamentally changes their bodies.
Despite this, Ms. Shrier’s work offends the woke left, which has attempted to suppress studies into rapid-onset gender dysphoria and the remorse felt by those who have gone through gender changes. Twitter mobs are currently spearheading a drive to prevent Ms. Shrier’s book from being purchased or read by the general public.
The American Booksellers Association did not reply to a request for comment, but it is obvious from its groveling statement that it has given in to the censors. The organization expressed regret for sending the “anti-trans” book to its members, calling it a “inexcusable” conduct that went against “everything we believe and promote.” It also said that “apologies are not enough,” and that it will take “real measures to rectify the damage we caused.”
The trade organization isn’t the only one that feels this way. Ms. Shrier’s book seemed to be unavailable on Target’s website on Thursday afternoon. (A request for comment from Target was not returned.) Two Amazon workers quit last week, according to NBC News, when the firm continued to sell Ms. Shrier’s book. Hundreds more have signed a petition to have the book taken down from the online bookstore.
The woke left does not want anybody to challenge its transgender identity orthodoxy. However, there is a lot the scientific, psychological, and medical community don’t know about gender, and new areas of research, in particular, depend on open and unfettered inquiry. In a free society, the left’s desire to suppress doubters and dissidents on this and other issues should be intolerable.
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