Best-selling author who accuses trans lobby of trying to ‘supplant biology’ says it was quashed by BBC and Waterstones
- Author Helen Joyce posted Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality last month
- Best-selling writer says she has since been snubbed by BBC and other media
- Book says trans movement is like “new state religion” with “blasphemy laws”
A best-selling author who has criticized transgender rights activists has accused “cowards” in the broadcast and book industry of trying to “undo” it.
After last month’s publication of Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality, Helen Joyce claims she was snubbed by the BBC and other media and suspects some branches of the Waterstones bookseller of trying to cut sales.
Among the arguments put forward in her book – which was serialized for two weeks in The Mail on Sunday – is the fact that the trans lobby is trying to “supplant biology” and that the movement is the equivalent of a “new state religion, with blasphemy laws”. .
While Ms Joyce expected a backlash, she said she did not anticipate being blocked by the book industry. Every publisher she approached with the manuscript, except the small Oneworld publishing house, rejected it.
She says the reluctance to speak is spreading further. His publicist’s representations to the BBC, Sky and ITV were all unsuccessful, with GB News being the only TV station to interview him.
After last month’s publication of Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality, Helen Joyce (pictured) claims she has been snubbed by the BBC and other media organizations and suspects some branches of the Waterstones bookseller of trying to cut sales.
Last night, Ms Joyce – who is a senior reporter at The Economist – said: “I think these organizations are responding to tremendous pressure from trans activists.
Anyone who gives me any kind of platform, even mentioning that my book exists, can expect a torrent of people to say they’re transphobic, they’re fanatics, they’re pushing people commit suicide, that they are racist, oddly.
‘It’s easier to ignore it. If you put your head over the parapet, you get shot, but if everyone puts their head over the parapet, they can’t shoot all of us.
She is particularly saddened by the decision of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour not to mention the book. “The BBC has an internal war over this subject,” she said.
“Presenter Jenni Murray was forced to leave the show because of this problem. She wrote a column in a newspaper in 2017, claiming that trans women are not real women. This led to him being banned from covering this issue on the program.
“I think the refusal to engage with me is due to a mixture of cowardice and the fact that new host Emma Barnett, I think, doesn’t agree with me. That’s fine, of course – she may disagree with me. But why doesn’t she invite me on the show to challenge me? ‘
The BBC denied that there had been a boycott or attempts to “cancel” Ms. Joyce. A spokesperson said: “We know a lot of people want to appear on the BBC and just because they haven’t, doesn’t mean they’ve been boycotted or won’t appear on the BBC. there is an appropriate editorial opportunity.
“Our extensive book coverage often includes author interviews, but of course we can’t cover them all.
We include a wide range of guests with decisions based purely on editorial merit. ‘ Ms Joyce said she had also been contacted by several people who claimed that certain branches of the Waterstones book chain attempted to hide the book.
“Waterstones leaves a lot of leeway to its local managers because these managers know what will sell in their area,” said Joyce.
“I was contacted by people on social media who walked into their store and asked for their copy and were told that it was sold out, that it was a short print, that the stock had been delayed, even being kept behind the counter out of respect for a trans colleague because it was a hate book.
But a Waterstones spokesperson said: “It is not true that Waterstones is boycotting the book.
It has been one of our best-selling non-fiction hardcover books since publication, stocked in the majority of our stores and online.
The stock was initially low as sales exceeded expectations, but this is no longer the case.
“As with every book that sells, there are times when a store runs out of copies and it seems like social media comments are piling up on those cases.”
The Oneworld publishing house declined to comment.