American men are fed up and pissed off, and rightfully so. Sick of being constantly portrayed as rapists, abusers, bumbling idiots, deadbeat dads (or, if present, immature fatherly buffoons), irresponsible losers, or simply “the bad guy” by the mainstream media and Hollywood, men have reached their tipping point. Tired of being mistreated by a family court system that either forces financially crippling child support obligations upon non-custodial fathers, or worse, forces many men to pay child support for children that they later discover are not biologically their own, men have had it. Men by and large are not getting married like they used to, due to the prohibitive cost of divorce, nor are they attending college at the same rate as women. In short, men have had all they can take of this decades-long backlash against them and are voluntarily “going Galt,” taking a vacation from responsibility. Why? Because they can.
In the battle for women’s rights, has radical feminism achieved a Pyrrhic victory?
Dr. Helen Smith, a psychologist and blogger for PJ Media, certainly thinks so. In her new book, Men On Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream – and Why It Matters, she shows how, if left unchecked, 21st century America’s legitimate “war against men” will be society’s undoing. Having studied the literature about this “man-child” phenomenon, Dr. Smith points out how various authors who have written books criticizing men for their “irresponsible behavior” are missing the point.
“Most men are not acting irresponsibly because they are immature or because they want to harm women; they are acting rationally in response to the lack of incentives today’s society offers them to be responsible fathers, husbands and providers. In addition, many are going on strike, either consciously or unconsciously, because they do not want to be harmed by the myriad of laws, attitudes and backlash against them for the simple crime of happening to be male in the twenty-first century.”
Let’s face it: Young girls are being raised and taught in school at an early age to view boys and men with suspicion at best or outright disdain and dread at worst. This radical feminist, anti-male indoctrination has seeped into our school system and infested our higher education system, where a young male freshman may be force fed a bunch of “chick lit” like The Vagina Monologues, or have his academic career ruined simply by being accused of sexual harassment or rape regardless of evidence of innocence or whether the accuser purposely lied. (Can you say “Duke Rape Case”?) It has wormed its way into our legal system with the help of what Dr. Smith calls “Uncle Tims” (male sellouts looking to get on women’s good side), with examples of divorce, paternity and child support cases showing an anti-male bias too numerous to mention.
Dr. Smith has counseled men on such issues for many years, making her the leading authority on the topic. As males, we are culturally conditioned to not publicly share our feelings, lest we be seen as “weak.” However, a lot of men are angry and hurting inside, and those feelings have been simmering just beneath the surface for a long time. Men have been forced to just “suck it up” and tolerate this abuse by a society dictated by a radical feminist dogma, but no more.
Dr. Smith concludes the book by describing ways in which beleaguered men are fighting back and standing up against the anti-male juggernaut.
“Men On Strike” is the ultimate survival guide for the twenty-first century American male in our uber-feminized society.