Thursday, April 15, 2021

Important: Amazon Reverses Some Book Bans

From the Christian Post via FR--Amazon reverses ban on book helping parents rescue kids from transgenderism after pushback:

The online retail giant blocked the book Desist, Detrans, & Detox: Getting Your Child Out of the Gender Cult by Maria Keffler, the co-founder of the recently-formed Partners for Ethical Care, from being sold on its platform six days after its publication.

The book's removal comes on the heels of a similar move earlier this year when Amazon scrubbed scholar Ryan Anderson's book, When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment, which had until recently been allowed on the platform since its initial publication in 2018. Last summer, Amazon also prohibited the publisher of Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters by journalist Abigail Shrier from purchasing ads to promote the book.

Keffler told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Wednesday that she wasn't surprised Amazon blocked her book, though she had hoped it would last longer than six days.

"We fully expected it to happen. We knew it was going to. We decided to launch it on multiple platforms because we expected it to be canceled. And so that's why we also put it on Smashwords as well as Lulu, a print platform," Keffler said.

Shortly after CP's interview with Keffler Wednesday, the author said that the online retailer sent her an email, which she shared with CP, explaining that the scrubbing of the book was an "error." The Kindle version went live and the paperback version should be reactivated soon. Amazon had previously told her that the book had violated their terms of service, which she challenged.

In a subsequent email to CP, Keffler said it was possible that "a calling and emailing onslaught may have affected the outcome" as "lots and lots of people were contacting Amazon to complain."

I checked at Amazon. When Harry Became Sally isn't available, but the other two are. There's more at the link.

The importance of this is a reminder to avoid defeatism. 


  1. I suspect that Amazon's decisions to censor books are made by recent college graduates who majored in grievance studies.

  2. I see this as likely a minor tactical retreat on a minor front, of minimal strategic import.
    I put greater weight, on the news on last year's Russians-put-bounties on troops in Afghanistan hype, see
    For the DS to back off, from something they had pushed *so hard*, gives some hope, that major elements there are daring to fight, what has heretofore been a juggernaut of hate of all things DJT.

    1. I don't see this as minor--we're very much in a cultural war and this is a significant victory. It shows the enemy is not as strong as they want us to believe.

      Re the "bounty" story, yes, I agree. And I wonder whether the DS is trying to undercut the Neocons running Zhou's FP by putting this out.

    2. If by FP, you mean Fake PotUS, yeah, but I'll guess that the folks pushing the "bounty" BS were likely more than just NeoCons.
      If so, the DS "good guys" may've overcome a slew of opposition on this, with new allies(?).
      That's why I see this, as a bigger deal than the Amazon thing.

    3. By FP I mean Foreign Policy, and you're comparing apples and oranges.

  3. It’s good news.

    Original banning surprised me, but it’s not Amazon’s first.

  4. Turley on Tucker now, on Court packing.