Amazon has suspended a paid-for advertising campaign for a book suggesting that being trans is “a contagion among teen girls” written by renowned anti-trans journalist Abigail Shrier.
The tech giant reportedly refused to host advertising for Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughter because it “claims to diagnose, treat, or question sexual orientation”.
Its author is notoriously anti-trans Wall Street Journal writer Abigail Shrier, who wrote on Twitter that her book is about: “The idea that trans-identification has become a peer contagion among teen girls.”
Shrier is known for writing obsessively about the debunked 2018 phrase “Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria”, which posits that “social and peer contagion” is responsible for young people identifying as trans, as opposed to growing acceptance and understanding.
The concept does not withstand scrutiny and is best explained by transphobia and research biases.
Amazon refusal to promote anti-trans book ‘a significant hit’, says publisher.
The book is from conservative publishing house Regnery Publishing and is due to be released at the end of this month.
Regnery told Fox News that Amazon’s decision not to host paid ads for Shrier’s book was a “significant hit to our promotional efforts”.
“Amazon is one of our most important ad platforms,” it added.
According to leaked emails, Amazon’s Advertising Support service defended its decision to suspend Regnery Publishing’s campaign – because of its offensive content on sexual orientatin.
“It contains elements that may not be appropriate for all audiences, which may include ad copy/book content that infers or claims to diagnose, treat, or question sexual orientation,” the email from Amazon read.
“Hence, this campaign will not be allowed to be advertised.”
The book is still available to buy on Amazon.
Shrier bemoaned Amazon’s decision in an op-ed. She elleged that if you write a book “celebrating troubled teenage girls suddenly coming out as ‘transgender’” then Amazon is happy to back it, but if you write about “the risks of this gender journey” then Amazon “wants nothing to do with you”.
Wearing a binder – like changing other clothing, hairstyles and pronouns – is a form of social transition repeatedly shown to improve the short and long-term mental health of trans people.
Amazon has been contacted for comment.