Amazon Bookstore Bans Book on Transgenderism

  • Amazon states in its FAQ that they do not sell books that promote or oppose the views of other groups.
  • "The current commotion over Anderson began when bloggers noticed that "When Harry Became Sally" had skyrocketed to No. 1 on two of Amazon's book lists — one on natural law and another for LGBT issues," the Post reported at the time.
  • Transgendered advocates and organizations had filed several requests with Amazon to remove the Transgender Dysphobia: Know the Facts book from their website.

Amazon has recently decided to remove the book written by Ryan T. Anderson, “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment,”  from its website. As of this writing, the book is no longer available for sale on Amazon. The reason for the book being removed is an inflammatory case against transgender people.

When Harry Became Sally

Amazon states in its FAQ that they do not sell books that promote or oppose the views of other groups. This is in line with their policy on nudity and hates speech. Based on my research and examination of the transgenderism topic, Amazon’s decision to remove the transgenderism book is an unfortunate situation.

The three-year-old Washington Post story said the book “makes what some feel is an inflammatory case against transgender people” because Anderson “argues that American society’s growing acceptance of transgenderism has more to do with ideology than science.”

“The current commotion over Anderson began when bloggers noticed that “When Harry Became Sally” had skyrocketed to No. 1 on two of Amazon’s book lists — one on natural law and another for LGBT issues,” the Post reported at the time

Transgendered advocates and organizations had filed several requests with Amazon to remove the Transgender Dysphobia: Know the Facts book from their website. Amazon received numerous requests in relation to the book and its description on the site.

The book was removed from the Amazon website after few days of receiving requests. It was not immediately removed from Amazon’s site; however, Amazon stated in a separate post that the book would no longer be available for sale on Amazon.

“We do not discuss our internal coverage plans, and all editorial decisions are made independent of the interests of any outside party or company,” a Post spokesperson told Fox News.

“When Harry Became Sally” aimed to provide “thoughtful answers to questions arising from our transgender moment” and offered a “a balanced approach to public policy on gender identity, and a sober assessment of the human costs of getting human nature wrong.”

There are many who disagree with Amazon’s actions. They claim that Amazon is arbitrarily removing books from their site based on their own personal judgment. Amazon states that the company does not believe in or supports the transgendered (or Transgender, for that matter) community. Instead, Amazon claims that the decision was made as part of their routine manual review process.

Jeff Bezos

Many people who identify as being transgender believe that Amazon is just trying to cement its reputation as a progressive, diversity-based company. They would likely disagree. Transgender advocates and members of the transgendered community have been speaking out against Amazon for a number of years now. Despite their advocacy, Amazon has not lifted the ban. Even if they did remove the book from their website, it would hardly be seen as a victory for transgender rights.

Transgendered individuals and their allies have been speaking out at every opportunity. Transgendered groups have formed at bookstores, city halls, and the White House. While the Amazon decision may seem like yet another in a long line of cultural victories for the transgendered community, there are no guarantees that the transgendered history will be remembered favorably by future generations.

Doris Mkwaya

I am a journalist, with more than 12 years of experience as a reporter, author, editor, and journalism lecturer." I've worked as a reporter, editor and journalism lecturer, and am very enthusiastic about bringing what I've learned to this site.  

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