The retail giant Amazon is reportedly barring the publisher of a forthcoming book critical of transgender ideology from purchasing ads to promote the new title.
Regnery Publishing, a right-leaning company based in Washington, D.C., is printing journalist Abigail Shrier’s book, “Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Girls,” set to release June 30. In a series of tweets posted over the weekend, Regnery announced it was “not even allowed” to place a bid for “sponsored” ad space.
After seeing the tweets from the publishing house, I searched the word “transgender” in the “books” section of Amazon’s website. To the retailer’s credit, Shrier’s new book was the third result, following a collection of pro-LGBT books in recognition of “Pride” month and a “sponsored” ad for conservative writer Ben Shapiro’s 2019 book, “Facts Don’t Care About Your Feelings.” The placement of Shrier’s book, though, is entirely organic, not the result of a paid elevation.
Shrier takes a critical look at transgenderism in her new book, examining the physical and psychological dangers the ideological movement is having on teenage girls and young women who embrace transgender identities — and pursue clinical and surgical alterations — as a result of suffering from gender dysphoria.
“The cancel culture has made it clear that it despises diversity of opinion, and it will not tolerate science, data, facts, or anything that contradicts the approved narrative,” read a statement from Regnery. “If you’re not on board, you’ll have your head handed to you.”
In an op-ed of her own at the Wall Street Journal, Shrier condemned Amazon for apparently attempting to censor her work:
In a follow-up email to Regnery, a representative for Amazon said Shrier’s book doesn’t meet the qualifications for ad space because it “may include ad copy/book content that infers or claims to diagnose, treat, or question sexual orientation.” As such, the “campaign will not be allowed to be advertised” on the retailer website, according to The Christian Post.
A rep for Amazon reportedly told Regnery the content of Shrier’s book is “not be appropriate for all audiences.”
“As the cancel culture runs rampant — aided and abetted by Big Tech — we will continue to expose hypocrisy, censorship, and bias against our authors when we see it,” said a spokesperson for the publisher.
Since the transgender movement is only continuing to gain traction, Regnery said it was aware when the company agreed to publish the book there would be intense scrutiny and attempts at censorship from the left.
The D.C.-based group told the Post it was prepared to “encounter aggressive attempts from the left to silence it.” However, Regnery “did not expect opposition from our own retail partners.”
“Abigail Shrier’s book argues that transgender identification has become one more social contagion among adolescent girls — a dangerous epidemic that, in too many cases, is leading girls to pursue hormones and surgeries that will inflict irreversible damage on their bodies and are likely to end in regret,” continued the publishing house spokesperson. “Everyone should be concerned about this kind of harm to young women and want to prevent it. Our goal is to do whatever we can to support Shrier in exposing this issue — with or without Amazon’s help.”
To learn more about Shrier’s book or to pre-order it, click here.