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Men on Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream - And Why It Mattersby 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, 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 arent 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.
"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)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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. Other books have addressed this problem in terms of its impact on women; Men on Strike looks at the topic from the viewpoint of men: Why should they participate in a system that seems to be increasingly stacked against them? As the interviews and surveys in this book demonstrate, men aren't dropping out because they're immature man-children. They are acting rationally in response to the lack of incentives society offers them to be responsible fathers, husbands, and providers. Men on Strike describes this phenomenon and offers solutions and action-oriented advice to men, to society, and to the women who love them.
About the Author
Helen Smith, PhD, is a psychologist specializing in forensic issues and mens issues in Knoxville, Tennessee. She holds a PhD from the University of Tennessee and masters 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, Womens 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 mens issues, psychology and politics. She has written on her blog at drhelen.blogspot.com since 2005 on mens rights, mens issues and psychology and is now a columnist and blogger at PJ Media. Her blog is at pjmedia.com/drhelen.
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