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Men on Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream - and Why It Matters Hardcover – June 4, 2013


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Encounter Books; 6.1.2013 edition (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594036756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594036750
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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 drhelen.blogspot.com 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 pjmedia.com/drhelen.

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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 drhelen.blogspot.com 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 pjmedia.com/drhelen.

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I strongly recommend reading this book cover to cover.
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Dr. Helen Smith has written a reasonable and well written book on an incendiary topic.
Richard M. Rollo
Dr. Helen Smith (aka Dr. Helen) contends that modern society has become anti-male.
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450 of 483 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Wictor on May 24, 2013
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Dr. Smith concisely describes how American society has become anti-male. As a result, men are opting for non-participation. A stand-out chapter is "Why Does Dad Stay in the Basement?" (pages 95-118), which posits that too many women view men as "perverts, predators, and goofballs." This chapter brings to mind the TV and radio commercials with dumb husbands being put in their place by their rude, condescending wives. Usually a callow male says or does something stupid, and then the wife sneers, "Slow down there, champ! Time to grow up and stop being a moron!" Imagine the outrage if the roles were reversed.

In 2005 Harvard President Lawrence H. Summers spoke at a conference on women and other minorities in the science and engineering workforce. Summers said that POSSIBLE explanations for the underrepresentation of women in the upper echelons of these professions MIGHT include upbringing, genetics, and time spent on child rearing. He clearly stated that he made these comments to be provocative. Listening to the presentation, MIT biologist Nancy Hopkins said, "I felt I was going to be sick. My heart was pounding and my breath was shallow. I was extremely upset." She wasn't the only one. A firestorm of male and female outrage engulfed Harvard for months.

Has any man out there ever felt sick when he saw a portrayal of us as perverts, predators, and goofballs? Have our hearts started pounding and our breathing become shallow? Now, just imagine if you could press a button and instantly change all those thousands of commercials from women calling their husbands idiots to men telling their wives to calm down, grow up, and stop being so stupid. Pause and think of the global hysteria.
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203 of 222 people found the following review helpful By Michael T Kennedy VINE VOICE on June 8, 2013
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This little book is an excellent introduction to a serious problem lurking in American society. Men have been discriminated against for more than 30 years. Unnoticed is the fact that the discrimination against women, which led to the efforts to favor women in law and society, ended decades ago. I teach medical students and am well aware that the majority are now female. When I attended medical school 50 years ago, admissions committees did discriminate against female applicants because the committees, almost all male, were concerned about the perceived doctor shortage and felt that women who completed a medical education would not practice full time or would stop their practice once they had children. Today, this concern is not apparent but, interestingly enough, female physicians do tend to limit their hours and a recent study by a physician recruitment firm noted that female physicians work significantly fewer hours per week than their male colleagues who also work fewer hours than my generation did.

We are well past the era of discrimination against women but you would not know it from the newspapers or TV or academia. Dr Smith recounts her experience, not only from her practice as a clinical psychologist, but from interviewing men in the environs where they lurk and by e-mail and in comments on her blog. After reading her book, I would say, without getting into detail, that I see many examples from my own life.

She begins with a chapter on why men seem to be avoiding marriage. Here she interviews young men who are members of several subsets, including "gamers" and men at gyms and in bars. A lot of this is related to the sexual revolution in which men can get sex without marriage. When I was a college student, that was rare and men and women tended to marry earlier in life.
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132 of 143 people found the following review helpful By FullyAwake on June 18, 2013
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I think marriage and family are probably the best things you could possibly have in life. Having said that, why am I single and childless? Too risky. Divorce rate is too high. Households headed by married adults are now in the minority. The rate of increase in female perpetrated crime continues to skyrocket. Jobs are scarce. A large percentage of well educated women don't want kids or want them late in life. There are fatherless kids all over the place. One slip up with a woman and your life could be ruined.

I'm one of the many `on strike', which is wise considering the potential consequences and all that I might come up against in today's legal and economic climate. I'm well educated, have a great career, my own home, yada...yada...yada. No way am I betting all that on the flip of a coin. I can't even fathom how families with children handle divorce. Must be the most soul crushing thing in life for all involved. I consider what I'm doing to be identical to what women have done over the past 40+ years. I'm opting out of the traditional way of life.

This is an 'early an age as they can handle it' must read for all males. This book should be the start of a men's studies course in college. Just imagine the talk after that school paper announcement! HA!

The other day, a friend of mine told me that his girlfriend dialed 911 during an argument. I was rendered speechless. A chill ran down my spine. It is painfully simple to ruin someone's life with a phone call these days.
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