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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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This is a really appreciated, if flawed, book. Much of what the author points out is absolutely accurate re: how many men are feeling these days, and the challenges we can face by... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Michael R.
I found myself nodding and nodding and nodding again throughout this book.
We are in an interesting era of history for male-female relations. Read more
Dr. Smith has done a fantastic job of pulling back a curtain most of us didn't know was there. The small actions in our day to day lives can have enormous impact over time and they... Read morePublished 17 days ago by James Haliburton
A daring and most needed account of what is happening to boys and men in 21st century America. Many will find this rather easy to read book heavy lifting...that's a good thing. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Frederick Feldman
Very informative approach, evidence and facts based with only minor commentary or speculation. I would recommend to all men everywhere!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Although, the title is misleading the foundation and written text is compelling and enlighten the reader. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Book was highly interesting and easy to read. The only drawback was that it was too short.Published 2 months ago by dan