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When Ideology Meets Reality

Published by Oneworld Publications
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

'I'm off the fence...This rigorous and brave book nails the absurd idea that sex is just a “social construct”' David Aaronovitch, The Times

'A tour de force.' Evening Standard

Knowing more has never meant more.

Gender identity ideology is about more than twitter storms and using the right pronouns. In just ten 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, particularly with regard to women’s rights, fairness in sport, same sex attraction and children’s development.

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.

‘A frighteningly necessary book: well-written, thoroughly-researched, passionate and very brave.’

– Richard Dawkins

‘A courageous, intelligent and important work, rooted in good science and common sense.’

– Jenni Murray

'I'm off the fence...This rigorous and brave book nails the absurd idea that sex is just a “social construct”'

– David Aaronovitch, The Times

'A superlative critical analysis...With this fact-filled, humane, and brave book, a grown-up has entered the room.'

– The Telegraph

'A tour de force. With a fine eye for detail, she brings all the elements of gender ideology together with clarity and precision...simply a must-read'

– Evening Standard

'Well-researched, compelling...a deeply compassionate reminder that there are real trade-offs to be made in human rights activism.’

– Ayaan Hirsi Ali

‘There are few subjects which need treatment that is at once delicate, thoughtful and brave. Helen Joyce manages all of these things in Trans. Anyone looking to understand this most fraught of issues should start here.’

– Douglas Murray, author of The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race, Identity

'A sane, humane book.'

– Daniel Dennett, author of Consciousness Explained

'How do we want to live? How do we want our children to live? Helen Joyce tackles this matter. Buy her book for your teenagers. Give it to your boss. Send it to the head of HR. Place it on a bench at the Royal Academy. Sex matters. Tell everyone.'

– The Article

'Helen Joyce has written a very important, enlightened and powerfully-argued book on one of the most controversial issues of our times. For anyone who wants to understand the spirit of the age, its complexities and challenges, and how to map a truly progressive way forward. Riveting from start to finish.'

– Matthew d'Ancona, Editor and Partner, Tortoise Media

‘A searing analysis of the transgender debate that has dominated much of public discourse in Scotland in recent years, at least among feminists… I urge you to read Helen Joyce’s book… It may well offer you a new perspective on this most troubling of national conversations. It may even change your mind.’

– Susan Dalgety addressing Nicola Sturgeon in the Scotsman

‘This is the book every woman should read. It explains how we’re being erased, how our arguments are being distorted, and the cost of standing up...Brilliant, coruscating, brave.’

– Joan Smith, author of Misogynies

'The author brave enough to take on the trans lobby'

– Mail Online