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Online Book Launch with Abigail Shrier, author of ‘Irreversible Damage’ and now, ‘Bad Therapy’.

March 4 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm GMT


DATE: Monday 4th March, 2024.

TIME: 7pm, GMT.

VENUE: Zoom.

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Abigail Shrier, writer and author, in conversation with Dr Jan Macvarish, Education and Events Director, the Free Speech Union and an academic sociologist of family life.

We are delighted to host the UK launch of Abigail Shrier’s new book, Bad Therapy: Why the Kids Aren’t Growing Up.

Many of you will have read Abigail’s 2020 book, Irreversible Damage: Teenage Girls and the Transgender Craze (UK title) and will have found its analysis of the explosion of ‘gender-questioning’ amongst adolescent girls profoundly insightful. On publication, the book became the focus of cancellation campaigns by trans activists, resulting in its temporary withdrawal from Target stores in the US, resistance to its promotion from staff at Amazon and Spotify, and even demands that it be burnt. Despite the book’s success, publishers of foreign language translations of the book still bow to pressure to abandon the project, most recently in Japan.

Underpinning Abigail’s work is a commitment to exploring significant new trends and taboos, in particular where young people are concerned. In her new book, she expands the lens to the younger generation as a whole, asking whether the therapeutic approach towards the raising of children adopted over the past 20 or more years has done more harm than good.

Described by the award-winning investigative journalist, and author of Pharma, Gerald Posner as a ‘dazzling combination of investigative reporting and storytelling’, Bad Therapy opens up a dialogue about the questions many of us are trying to answer.

Have the younger generation really turned against the hard-won freedoms of the past? Has the aspiration to grow up and achieve independence been abandoned by a ‘snowflake generation’? Who or what is responsible for the apparent gulf in values and personality norms between one generation and the next?

Abigail Shrier is a writer for the Wall Street Journal. She holds an A.B. from Columbia College, where she received the Euretta J. Kellett Fellowship; a BPhil. from the University of Oxford; and a J.D. from Yale Law School.

You can pre-order the book here.


March 4
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm GMT


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