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5.0 out of 5 stars Men need to read this book., 10 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Men on Strike: Why Men are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream - and Why it Matters (Hardcover)
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very welcome addition to the MRM discussion, 21 April 2014
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R. Bradford (Wotton-under-Edge, Glos, UK) - See all my reviews
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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 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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
This review is from: Men on Strike: Why Men are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream - and Why it Matters (Hardcover)
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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