(not really a trans book. as it is pride month, the library has a heap of good books on display including one about unicorns)
I was in my local library and while I know that the title and the whole selection of Trans readers was available, was terribly biased and right-wing, after picking up this book "Trans: when ideology meets reality" the conclusion reads "Trans rights are human rights" so it can't be all that bad can it?
The book really is that bad and I give it 1 *.
At the end of the book the author, who is not trans herself, thanks a slew of organisations such as Women's Place, even Guardian opinion former Nick Cohen unless there is another one.
I didn't learn very much. It goes through the pre Nazi Germany experiments that I already knew about but that was mostly destroyed in a book burning: I think that was comprehensively covered by Jewdas twitter. Then there's the story of the first trans woman in history, that was covered nicely by Pride a film on Disney+
She makes the assumption that men who use the term TERF are against women whereas I know that nowadays men can be radical feminists too: For instance the Green Party's Shahrar Ali. Though the book prefers to use the politically correct term "gender critical" The bias is in the books language, rubbishing the other side of the argument and trying to systematically refute the arguments, calling us liars.
The book calls itself a contribution to the "debate". But the fact is there is no debate. The fact is that there have been trans people in society in all countries for generations and they've never caused a problem.
The arguments in the book are deeply regressive: What about sport, what about prisons and criminals.
And the defence it makes of lead tweeter JK Rowling is really something. In my activist circles JK is definitely not on the recommended reading list. A billionaire doesn't need defending especially if she gives most her wealth to charity. Any charity that takes her money is now tainted by the ideology and strings of that movement.
I wish Barnet Libraries would give a platform to organisations like "all about trans" that really explain the trans revolution from an actual trans person's perspective. Even a cookery book by "a girl called Jack" would go a long way to contributing to a modern public library that doesn't go on a rant about how "I'm not transphobic but".
Looking forward to next Thursday's training organised by true trans allies Carla Denyer and Bristol Green Party's LGBTIQA+ group. There's no such thing as a stupid question.
The book renders itself out of date pretty quickly. It doesn't mention the Matrix 4 sequel, and claims there are no anti trans laws in the USA which there are now loads of.