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Men on Strike: Why Men are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream - and Why it Matters [Hardcover]

Helen Smith
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1 July 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.

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books,USA (1 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594036756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594036750
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16.3 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Men need to read this book. 10 Jun 2013
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This book is an essential read for every man and I will be gifting a copy to every eligible bachelor I know.

In Men on Strike, Dr Helen Smith manages to thoughtfully document the fall-out from 40 years of anti-male legislation in the family courts.

Although long over due it's release coincides with a UK's Office for National Statistics report, showing that the number fatherless families has now risen to around 1 in 4 of all families in the UK today.

As men are waking up to just how much they are being duped, more and more of them are choosing to just go their own way and enjoy the freedoms of a single man`s life. These trends are obviously unsustainable and if allowed to continue unchecked, we may very well be witnessing the end of the two parent family altogether.

However, because men are not burdened with the omni-ticking sound of a female biological clock and their urge to have children is far less of an imperative(than it is for most women) they are actually far better equipped to adjust to this new marital landscape.

In fact, because it is quite conceivable that women actually end up the biggest losers in this, it would probably be wise for them to read this book also.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very welcome addition to the MRM discussion 21 April 2014
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If you know nothing about the men's rights movement (MRM) then you are in for a surprise - and really should read this book. An established men's rights activist (MRA) will find no dramatically new material here. However that is not the point. Any book reiterating the case for men is welcome in the present misandrist climate, and any book authored by a women is doubly welcome. No - quadrupley welcome. The fact that the women in question is also a professional forensic psychologist makes it all the better. Despite the familiarity of the core content, any reader interested in this topic (and everyone should be) will benefit from the many interesting quotes and asides with which the book is replete. The case for men needs every outlet it can get. Perhaps the most novel slant of this particular book is that it is not content with merely listing grievances but, as is stated explicitly, the author is encouraging action. Accordingly, the last section presents tips for how to go about countering the prevailing feminist orthodoxy - most welcome. All round, very strongly recommended. For UK readers the downside is that it is USA-specific. Though the core MRM concerns are generic, specific details (e.g., legal issues) will differ. I wonder where the UK equivalent of this book is at? There have been a few authored by UK men, but I cannot think of any by UK women.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good, sympathetic introduction to the subject 30 Oct 2013
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This is a worthwhile book with much useful insight into why men are increasingly turning their backs on women. Please don't buy it if you are a woman looking for yet another one of those "men won't commit because they're pathetic" books. 12 year old boys should be sat down and forced to read the sections on the inequalities of family law here - it may save them a lifetime of pain and stress.

The author gives some cases that might surprise even experienced MRAs (34yr old teacher commits statutory rape on 15yr old boy, then succeeds in claiming child support from him for the resulting baby). However, she overlooks MGTOW - the deeper trend within this so called "strike".

MGTOW is not a strike. It is not a protest, or an attempt to bargain by withdrawing affection - those are women's weapons, not men's. MGTOW is a recognition, an irreversible process based on a clear eyed assessment of modern women. It is a fundamental life choice. These men are not "coming back" - ever. They have simply found a better way to live. It doesn't involve women, and it will continue to grow even if current inequalities are addressed.

If you have never read a book about men's issues, you should definitely read this one. But if you are a man living with the consequences of decades of feminist lies, and you want something that understands and reflects how you really feel- and does it with rigour, eloquence and fire - try Steven Adams "Women first, men last" instead. Nevertheless, this book was worth the money and the time. It will do some good, and I hope Dr Smith writes more like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying being on strike 30 Jun 2014
I've been on strike a few years now and have recently extended it to my career. The best decisions I have ever made. They can make up whatever crackpot rules they like in the workplace and family law system etc, but I don't have to participate. I hadn't read this book before I made the rational decisions I did, but she is correct and is very switched on to what is happening. The more men that do this and go on strike, the more men see how great they have it and follow suit.

To those who says we need to 'man up' and stop being a 'man child', I would point out that you appear to be under the mistaken assumption that I care what you think.

The tough part is going to be how they eventually get men to end the strike, I fail to see how they could offer me anything better than I already have. So the losers in this game will be women and not men.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For those men who have lost their balls. 1 Aug 2014
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Good cure for the mangina epidemic.
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