Men on Strike

Men on Strike

Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream--and Why It Matters

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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 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 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, and offers helpful suggestions for men and for society.
Publisher: New York : Encounter Books, 2013
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781594036750
1594036756
9781594036767
Branch Call Number: 305.31 S64m
Characteristics: xix, 216 pages ; 24 cm

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🤷‍♂️Jordan Peterson called, he wants his shtick back.

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Janice21383
Dec 06, 2020

Apparently the genetics that determines the conformation of our genitals determines our place in society. Not the colour of our skins, though; that would be crazy. And if some people don't get the position they think they're entitled to, they're going to pout. REALLY hard.

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Staggerwing
Jun 10, 2015

Men On Strike sheds a light on a topic that we don't often hear about. Men are losing their place in society because women have gained tremendous advancement in education and in the workplace.

There were many parts of the book that I found interesting and quite educational. However, for me I think it would have been more effective had the author written about the importance of women having a good father so they don't lose respect for men at such a young age. I see that as a big problem in America. The fathers are out of the picture and the young girls don't learn what a real man is supposed to act like.

If men wish to gain respect again they need to get in the game with being responsible, respectful, kind, and caring. There are plenty of good women looking for nice men but the days of the gentlemen seem to be in the history books. Far too many men seem fine with sitting back and letting women support the family and do all the work. Getting in the game as a partner will help men to regain their strength and respect.

Honesty is another attribute that needs to return to the male character!

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uzebdrumz
Jun 15, 2014

It may seem surprising that a book investigating sociology supporting male empowerment is written & produced by the very system criticized in the book. Helen Smith apparently has a PhD (in forensic psychology I presume), but she speaks in both broad generalizations and anecdotally. In her own defence she proclaims on page 143 that the book is meant as a call to action rather than a research study. Yet, it seems strange to launch a call to action if the research is conducted via her own website blog and with hastily approached strangers in her local area. My biggest concern is that 'merica can graduate a PhD forensic psychologist with nothing better to do that write a thesis with an alarmist title and catchy graphics to tour the talk show circuit with facts and evidence cherry-picked like a self-fulfilling prophesy. The truth in this book gains little from the pages of indented quotes from people called Richard Ricardo, TeeJaw, Difster, & Oso Pardo, eta alia. We might as well get the Trailer Park Boys™ to issue an invective quote! I actually fully agree with the premise of the book; however, some of the conclusions don't follow from the premise. For example, to encourage men to fight back legally in divorce cases is a prescription for bankruptcy. Cui Bono? - the lawyers & judges (they're in the business of redistributing your wealth to themselves). Perhaps the same could be said of psychologists, particularly if you buy this book.

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Gudrun13
May 02, 2014

The female author uses her PhD to sell a book based on casual interviews with men she meets in gyms, bars, and on the street. I shuddered when I read this - if ever there was fodder for a war between the sexes, this is it. An angry man with this book under his belt has two options: 1. Become a hermit 2. Attack any women who resist his brand of masculinity. This book makes me fear for my safety.

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eastvanbookfan
Feb 02, 2014

I enjoyed it. Has the courage to say quite a few politically incorrect things that I think the author gets away with due to the gender of the author. I agree completely with the authors points, just not so sure I would get away with voicing what the author so eloquently states........

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Raleigh16
Jul 22, 2013

Excellent. I will give this to all of my relatives, men and women, for Christmas. A must read for all men in America.

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