Men on Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream - and Why It Matters

Men on Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream - and Why It Matters

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by Helen Smith
     
 

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American society has become anti-male. Men are sensing the backlash and are consciously and unconsciously going “on strike.” They are dropping out of college, leaving the workforce and avoiding marriage and fatherhood at alarming rates. The trend is so pronounced that a number of books have been written about this “man-child” phenomenon,

Overview


American society has become anti-male. Men are sensing the backlash and are consciously and unconsciously going “on strike.” They are dropping out of college, leaving the workforce and avoiding marriage and fatherhood at alarming rates. The trend is so pronounced that a number of books have been written about this “man-child” phenomenon, concluding that men have taken a vacation from responsibility simply because they can. But why should men participate in a system that seems to be increasingly stacked against them?

As Men on Strike demonstrates, men aren’t dropping out because they are stuck in arrested development. They are instead acting rationally in response to the lack of incentives society offers them to be responsible fathers, husbands and providers. In addition, men are going on strike, either consciously or unconsciously, because they do not want to be injured by the myriad of laws, attitudes and hostility against them for the crime of happening to be male in the twenty-first century. Men are starting to fight back against the backlash. Men on Strike explains their battle cry.

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When W.E.B. DuBois posed the question to black America—“How does it feel to be a problem?”—he probably never imagined that just a little more than a century later, someone would be asking the same of male America. But that’s precisely what Smith, a forensic psychologist and men’s-rights activist, wonders in this incendiary, if shaky, treatise on “the crime of happening to be male in the twenty-first century.” To explain why men are “going Galt” (as in John Galt, from Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged), meaning intentionally opting out of institutions like marriage and higher education, Smith blames society: “Masculinity is frowned upon and belittled in every aspect of society,” the media depicts men as “goofballs and idiots” or sexual predators, and laws like Title IX and those governing child support equate to a “crackdown on... everyday college guys” and unwitting or wrongly fingered fathers. In the final pages, Smith outlines an action plan for men and their allies that includes further reading, legal advice, and information on organizations that fight for men’s rights. Some of Smith’s research is weak or anecdotal—she relies heavily on blog comments and random men she meets at bars and in the gym—but her stance is sure to incite lively debate. (June 18)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594036750
Publisher:
Encounter Books
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
635,236
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author


Helen Smith, PhD, is a psychologist specializing in forensic issues and men’s issues in Knoxville, Tennessee. She holds a PhD from the University of Tennessee and master’s degrees from The New School for Social Research and the City University of New York. She has written The Scarred Heart: Understanding and Identifying Kids Who Kill and was writer and executive producer of Six, a documentary about the murder of a family in Tennessee by teens from Kentucky. She has worked with men (as well as women and children) in her private practice for more than twenty years. She has been on numerous television and radio shows including Montel Williams and has appeared on E! Entertainment, Fox News, Discovery, Women’s Entertainment, Biography, Oxygen and The Learning Channel. Smith has written for numerous publications including the Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor and The Cleveland Plain Dealer. She occasionally hosts a show at PJTV focusing on men’s issues, psychology and politics. She has written on her blog at drhelen.blogspot.com since 2005 on men’s rights, men’s issues and psychology and is now a columnist and blogger at PJ Media. Her blog is at pjmedia.com/drhelen.

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Men on Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream - and Why It Matters 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was amazing. Finally somebody who understands what men are feeling! Why is it okay for women to call men morons or perverts, but since they are women, we are discouraged by society to not fight back simply because they are women. Also an excellent explanation of why men have a good reason for not getting married or for their lack of trying. When all you do is call men stupid or lazy, and that's all they'll ever hear, then pretty soon they'll act like it. But the best thing is, it's not biased at all. Smith narrates you through a way of understanding and acceptance of the situation, and by the end, you actually learn something of a life lesson.(For both sexes)  
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COUVMARK More than 1 year ago
The author gives an analysis of the inequality that men are faced with in relationships with women.  This is done with the credibility that only a woman can offer.  Her sugesstions on how men can take more control their lives is especially appreciated.  Her description of GOING GALT is easily recognizable to those of us who have been there.  A great work indeed. 
GolfGuySF More than 1 year ago
I was familiar with the problem of misandry in general and the plight of boys in elementary schools, but I was taken aback by the serious problems faced by some men in the area of paternity fraud. Ms. Smith covers this and other areas where the legal system has abandoned the rights of men when it comes to gender conflicts. The problem and the possible areas of influencing changes are touched on in this too-short book. She does have an extensive list of recommended reading and notes which will serve to augment this excellent introduction to the issue. As a grandfather of boys, I want to be fighting ready for the uphill battles on the horizon. Hard to believe this has been brewing for over forty years.
mermao More than 1 year ago
This book is on a very important subject, but a bit too short and anecdotal. Lack of sufficient statistical back-up and analysis may lead some to dismiss this effort. What the author writes is good, but much more is needed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A realistic presentation of a pervasive and insidious phenomena in society. Dr. Smith manages to bring forth the problems without blaming women or men, but rather the societal force that continues to devalue men. Ancient studies on Ephesus reveal a similar failure, which brought about eventual collapse. Interesting to see it develop during our lifetime...
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Finally a book by a woman who loves men!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People who hated this book didn't hate it because what it says is wrong or nonfactual. They hated it because it lays bare the truth about the terrible state of basic human rights and dignity for men and boys in the modern world.
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If a man gets a woman pregnant he is just as responsible for the baby and the financial support of that baby as she is. I don't have much sympathy for men who don't want to support children they help create. "Reproductive Rights for men?" Especially if a woman is iffy about abortion or doesn't believe in abortion at all if she gets pregnant whether married or unmarried she has a right togive birth to that baby and have the father help support it. Once you have sex you have acknowledged that a pregnancy may result. If you don't want a baby don't whine, have a vasectomy or just don't have sex at all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think that the Men on Strike book is very good and definitely rings true to me. But the "Original Men on Strike" book which came out a year earlier than this book is entitled "THE BACHELOR'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY!" which also states that men are on strike but goes into deeper depths about how men are now embracing the newly found American Bachelor lifestyle! This is an Awesome Book! Every man in America needs to read THE BACHELOR'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY! written by Larry 'Von Lars' Wehunt.
clifffrombrooklyn More than 1 year ago
Helen Smith has great insights into what is happening and why it is happening.