Published on Jun 22, 2013
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.
This is a book that everyone should read and a perfect antidote to the widespread anti-male propaganda within the mainstream media. Dr. Helen Smith is a very objective writer who is able to address men’s issues without bias and she does so in a non-condescending manner. She puts her many years as a psychologist and her many years as a writer into this work. She consults with her readers and men in general (even ones in the gym) in order to capture the spirit of this very sick age. As she writes, “an army of Davids” helped her create this book. Political correctness is the enemy of truth, and you won’t find any PC mumbo-jumbo in these pages. The chapters provide thorough analysis of the obstacles that men face in society. Specifically, “The Marriage Strike,” “My Body, My Choice Your Body No Choice,” “The College Strike–Where the Boys Aren’t,” “Why Does Dad Stay in the Basement,” “Why it Matters” and “Fighting Back, Going Galt or Both?” The latter is Chapter 6 which will particularly appeal to those who are suffering from the culture’s pervasive misandry. It showcases ways in which you can take steps to help yourself. This book outlines problems and also offers solutions.
Dr. Smith concisely describes how American society has become anti-male. As a result, men are opting for non-participation. A stand-out chapter is “Why Does Dad Stay in the Basement?” (pages 95-118), which posits that too many women view men as “perverts, predators, and goofballs.” This chapter brings to mind the TV and radio commercials with dumb husbands being put in their place by their rude, condescending wives. Usually a callow male says or does something stupid, and then the wife sneers, “Slow down there, champ! Time to grow up and stop being a moron!” Imagine the outrage if the roles were reversed.
In 2005 Harvard President Lawrence H. Summers spoke at a conference on women and other minorities in the science and engineering workforce. Summers said that POSSIBLE explanations for the underrepresentation of women in the upper echelons of these professions MIGHT include upbringing, genetics, and time spent on child rearing. He clearly stated that he made these comments to be provocative. Listening to the presentation, MIT biologist Nancy Hopkins said, “I felt I was going to be sick. My heart was pounding and my breath was shallow. I was extremely upset.” She wasn’t the only one. A firestorm of male and female outrage engulfed Harvard for months.
Has any man out there ever felt sick when he saw a portrayal of us as perverts, predators, and goofballs? Have our hearts started pounding and our breathing become shallow? Now, just imagine if you could press a button and instantly change all those thousands of commercials from women calling their husbands idiots to men telling their wives to calm down, grow up, and stop being so stupid. Pause and think of the global hysteria. All double standards are enraging, but one of the worst is, “I am woman hear me roar, but I’m just a girl, so stop being mean to me.”