Review of Men on Strike by Helen Smith, PhD
Men on Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream – and Why It Matters, By Helen Smith, PhD | TNMM Rating:
Finally, a woman who gets it.
Now in second edition, Men on Strike is one of the most important books of this decade when it comes to men’s issues and masculinity.
Dr. Helen, as she calls herself delves into the issues of why men aren’t marrying, why men don’t have rights in the family court system, why men are increasingly avoiding college, and why men are dropping out of society altogether like the MGTOWs. The reason she finds are what men’s web sites have been talking about for years: American society has become decidedly anti-male.
Marriage is an institution that has been under attack for the last 50 years. The goal of Cultural Marxism has been to break up the family, and there is no better way of doing this than striking at the time-honored tradition (across all cultures) of marriage.
Dr. Smith quotes some of what men are saying about marriage on blogs just like this one in her book. This comment by anonymous sums up the sentiment of just about any man who has been paying attention.
Problem is, at least 7 out of 10 guys I talk to tell me that [marriage] is one of the worst mistakes they ever made. Some tell me not to marry American women, that they are all feminist at heart. One married guy told me I could get the same effect by selling my house, giving all my money away and having someone castrate me. I am starting to think marriage in America cannot be saved.
Of course, marriage becoming unsalvageable is one of the desired outcomes of feminism a.k.a. Cultural Marxism.
Dr. Helen then explores why men have no rights to consent to fatherhood. She points out the hypocrisy of bumper stickers with phrases like “My body, my choice” when that same choice is denied to men after conception.
Men also have no choice in paternity law. And of course, they have no choice in paying child support even if they happen to be unemployed and living under a bridge. Dr. Helen uses an example of the Draconian choices men face in America from the Myth of Male Power by Warren Farrell. The issue of men having no choice in whether or not they become a father after conception is explored:
He has the option of being a slave, or being a criminal. Roe v. Wade gave women the vote over their bodies. Men still don’t have the vote over theirs, whether in love or war.
Recently, there have been a few rumblings in Sweden of giving men the right to legally abort the child. Meaning, they would not be responsible for the child if the woman chooses to give birth. Seeing this right codified into law is still seemingly light years away, however. And in America, you can most likely forget about this proposal even being discussed.
The book Legalizing Misandry: From Public Shame to Systemic Discrimination Against Men explains what a huge risk fatherhood has become. (Again, by design of the radical left.)
…fatherhood can be a nightmare – legal, financial, and emotional – due to the laws governing divorce, custody, and access…Why invest so heavily in family life after all, if your children can be taken away from you or even turned against you so easily?
Dr. Helen also explores twisted child support laws that can make men legally responsible for children that are not even biologically theirs. She also uses statistics that point out over a million men in the United States are taking care of another man’s kid, and are often legally bound to do so.
There are many other pieces of wisdom in her expose on the twisted state of marriage in America.
Feminist Indoctrination at School and College
Women have represented nearly 2 out of 3 college enrollments since the year 2000. Still, we hear the legacy media harping on the educational discrepancy (much as it does the wage gap issue which has been invented out of whole cloth.)
In Men on Strike, Diane Ravitch of the Brookings Institution questions what the ultimate objectives of male exclusion from postsecondary education are:
When will it be fair? When women are 75 percent of college enrollments? Perhaps it will be fair when there are no men at all.
Feminism, preached as gospel on college campuses is sold under the guise of equal rights but in reality it is often about revenge and special privileges for women. The fact the education system has been tilted in favor of women is never brought up, even though this bias hurts the well-being of men.
Men understandably disengage from an education system biased against them (and boys at younger ages also disengage) because as Christina Sommers of the American Enterprise Institute points out, the problems begin before boys become men:
Schools today tend to be run by women for girls. Classrooms can be hostile environments for boys. They like action, competition and adventure stories. Those are not in favor. Games like tag and dodgeball are out, tug of war has become tug of peace, and male heroes have been replaced by Girl Power.
Boys have become uninterested in school, but whenever girls are not interested there is also an outcry of sexism or some other “-ism”” invented by the left.
Robert Weissberg, Professor of Political Science at the Unversity of Illinois gives us his take on male flight from colleges and universities.
What explains this male flight? Universities are increasingly becoming feminized and many men, to use antidiscrimination vocabulary, loathe a hostile working environment. In a word, males increasingly feel emasculated in today’s universities.
Dr. Helen also delves into the increasing control over the sex life of men at colleges. (Heterosexuality is being marginalized by the left and their marionettes in the legacy media in support of their agenda of creating an androgynous, sexless society in the my opinion.)
Men can be subjected to so many sexual harassment policies they are often afraid to have anything to do with the women on campus. She discusses the Duke lacrosse case in which three young men were falsely accused of rape Crystal Mangum, a stripper. Of course, in Anglo-America just being male was enough to convict these men. Even though they were acquitted, instead of learning from these lessons colleges have only doubled down on their anti-male policies.
Why It Matters
Men are reacting to being made into villains by Going Galt or going MGTOW, and dropping out of society.
Even though society needs the strengths of men to do things it can’t do without and that few women are willing or able to do, Anglo society continues to cater to women and marginalize men. Chateau Heartise is quoted in Dr. Helen’s book with an astute commentary:
Men slowly discover that the effort to win women’s attention via employment is not rewarding them the way it did for their dads and granddads, and that now only herculean efforts to make considerably more than women will give them an edge in the mating market.
Even if you win this way you can be on top of the world today, and the world can be on top of you tomorrow if princess has a mood swing and decides she wants a divorce. Indeed, upwards of 4 out of 5 or more divorces are initiated by or caused by women.
We hear so much about how this is the desire of leftists to realize equality. If females truly desire equality, Afkbrad has the right idea about curbing female privilige:
Men are going Galt (or MGTOW) these days and it is a well deserved thing. It is time the ladies worked 70-80 hours a week while the ladies support us for a few generations. They can die early and give men half during a divorce. While we are at it, I firmly believe women need to get some skin in the game during wars. America’s sons shouldn’t be the only ones good enough to be sent into the meat grinder of combat. A few million of our daughters need a military funeral so there’s some parity. you ladies can have the stress while we kick back.
Indeed, there is a long way to go to realize equality in the number of combat deaths, the number of industrial accident deaths, the number of homicides and suicides, and the number of men who win custody of their children. The left doesn’t want to talk about this, though.
Dr. Helen says we should all be concerned about where this is leading America. As many of us already know, it is leading us to decline, statistical sterility, and poor relations between the sexes.
J.D. Unwin knew the cost to societies that did not promote and nourish monogamous marriage well in his 1934 classic Sex and Culture, in which he studied 80 tribes and 6 civilizations across 5,000 years of history.
The whole of human history does not contain a single instance of a group becoming civilized unless it has been absolutely monogamous, nor is there any example of a group retaining its culture after it has adopted less rigorous customs.
When one realizes this, they realize the devious brilliance of the Marxists in attacking the institution of marriage. The end result will be to destroy the whole of American (and Western) culture. Feminism destroying marriage and turning men into villains is indeed having a detrimental effect on Western society. Radical leftists knew this which is why they have been reprogramming our society’s culture since the 1960s.
It’s only downhill from here unless something is done to bring men back into the society and give them a reason to give a damn about its well-being.
The New Modern Man includes Men on Strike on its list of Recommended Reading with a 5/5 star rating. It is a quick read, well-referenced, and an important piece of research, especially considering it is written by a woman. You can visit Dr. Helen’s blog here.
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