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  • When Ideology Meets Reality
  • By: Helen Joyce
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  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (487 ratings)

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Summary

The instant Sunday Times best seller

"An intelligent, thorough rejoinder to an idea that has swept across much of the liberal world seemingly overnight. Even those outraged by Joyce’s positions would benefit from understanding them.... Open conversation about such fraught issues is the only realistic path forward." (Jesse Singal, The New York Times)

"This rigorous and brave book nails the absurd idea that sex is just a 'social construct'." (David Aaronovitch, The Times)

Gender identity ideology is about more than Twitter storms and using the right pronouns. In just 10 years, laws, company policies, school and university curricula, sport, medical protocols, and the media have been reshaped to privilege self-declared gender identity over biological sex.

People are being shamed and silenced for attempting to understand the consequences of redefining "man" and "woman". While compassion for transgender lives is well-intentioned, it is stifling much-needed inquiry into the significance of our bodies.

If we recommit to our liberal values of freedom of belief, freedom of speech, and robust debate, we scan de-escalate this most vicious of culture wars.

©2021 Helen Joyce (P)2021 Oneworld Publications

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"An intelligent, thorough rejoinder to an idea that has swept across much of the liberal world seemingly overnight. Even those outraged by Joyce’s positions would benefit from understanding them.... Open conversation about such fraught issues is the only realistic path forward." (Jesse Singal, The New York Times)

"This rigorous and brave book nails the absurd idea that sex is just a 'social construct'." (David Aaronovitch, The Times)

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Bravely highlighting the danger of trans activism

Helen explores the roots of the trans cult and shows it for the homophobic, sexist, regressive ideology that it is.

She presents all issues clearly and the book narrated in a way that is so comfortable to listen to.

I urge everyone who cares about gender nonconforming and gay children, and women's rights, to read and share this book.

I thank Helen Joyce for her bravery in standing up to protect women, children and gender nonconforming people, from this harmful gender religion.

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Just excellent

This is an excellent book. If you are interested in the growing debate around Self ID and the affects this will have on the rights of women and children, this is a really well balanced, clearly presented exploration of the history of how the trans movement gained so much ground under the radar and how this is now impacting other groups in policy, law, education, and healthcare.

Helen Joyce is a balanced voice in this debate. She is respectful to trans people's needs, she uses inclusive and tolerant language, yet she is clear for the need for the realities of the end goals of queer theory and gender ideology being the removal of sex as a measure of worth in our society, and why this would be against the interests of many other minority groups.

It's a great overview. Easy to understand, easy to digest- this is the mark of a great author. Joyce is able to disseminate what could be complicated ideas and language and explains it with no confusing terms for the pay person. Thank you.

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Who could possibly object to trans rights?

Who could possibly object to a movement driven by compassion for our fellow human beings? Not me! Especially for those of us who have grown up supporting feminism and gay rights. 

Although anyone who has spent time on social media very quickly realises that discussions on Transgender Rights can get a bit ‘heated’, surely anyone who disagrees with the claim that ‘trans women are women’ are the usual social media bigots. The trouble is, the closer you look, the more you realise that this is not the case and that the claims of trans rights activists start to make less and less sense. 

Assertions like the trans rights movement is no different from the civil rights movements seem ridiculous when you understand what is being demanded. When you begin to consider the implications of self ID for women-only services and spaces, women’s sports, the safeguarding of vulnerable young people from irreversible medical interventions, and even the implications for gay rights, red flags start to appear. When you realise how the demands of the trans rights activists are rushed into law with no consideration for the rights of others, alarms start to go off.

This book examines these things in a considered respectful way. It looks at the ideological and cultural origins of the trans-rights movement, how social media has amplified the message for the TikTok generation and how any doubt or descent is instantly crushed or labelled as bigoted or transphobic. 

Great narration by the author too. Recommended.

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An important and timely book

Thank you so much for this tightly argued reasonable book. I can't recommend it highly enough

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fantastic book and beautifully read

This book is very well researched and written, and gives a very clear account of the current situation. It is vital reading for all women.
It is read beautifully and clearly by the author.

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Trans- ideology vs reality

Very interesting, careful documentarion, very good analytical skills, exceptionally interesting history of ideas. Too bad only a few people will read this rationally

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reasonably argued but flawed

Joyce unabashedly puts forward her case for her opposition to self identification from an old school lens with a salient objection to gendered stereotypes as a basis for some trans identification. However, her own world view is heavily predicated upon negative stereotypes of men and her political opposites. When political tribalism and mischaracterisation are chief problems of our age she correctly points to phenomena like Preference Falsification and Pluralistic Ignorance whilst inadvertently demonstrating the latter

This takes away from her final analysis in the closing chapters as whilst she accurately describes how activism unfolds and captures institutions or quietens dissent but giving the impression she understands other people's objections or where common ground might lie.

All in all, it's a worthwhile read to understand an old school feminist take on gender ideology but you won't come away with a broader understanding of the topic.

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Fascinating & thought provoking

Thank you Helen Joyce, a brilliant and very clear book explaining the background to the movement towards gender self Id and how we’ve got to a point in history where defining women as adult human females risks you being called radicalised/ TERF & transphobic. The book touches upon a huge range of issues including the origins of gender ideology, politics - including US, sport, medicine, the women speaking out, who’s funding it etc. As another reviewer has said it leaves you wanting to know more, each chapter could obviously be a book in its own right. It should be required reading for MPs - I don’t feel the likes of Stella Creasy, Lisa Nandy & Caroline Noakes have got round to reading it yet though.

I binged listened to the audible version and will buy a hardcopy also to dip into. It is a fascinating and at times frightening read/listen. Before JK Rowling’s pro-women tweets I fell within the blissfully ignorant category but the backlash against her really sparked my interest to understand her position. This book, together with Kathleen Stock’s excellent Material girls and Nolan Investigates Stonewall podcast are really recommended.

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Essential reading for these strange times

Read it then buy copies for everyone you know.
This is one of the most important books of the decade.

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A very well presented audiobook read by the author

A very clear and concise look at Transgender ideology. Joyce is empathetic and dignified as she uses steady logic and a firm basis in the facts of reality to unpick a potentially dangerous and illogical belief system.

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