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Dr. Helen

An interesting book review of Men on Strike:

So, we’ve come full circle with Men on Strike. Sommers fired the first shot (arguably), and now Dr. Helen Smith is here to assess the damage, so many years later. Up-front, I admit this was the book I’ve, er, most-been-looking-forward-to in 2013, and she doesn’t disappoint. Dr. Helen, as readers of her blog know her, is the wife of Glen “Instapundit” Reynolds, himself a law prof at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Helen is a psychologist with an interest in men’s issues, and her blog is centered on said issues. Like Sommers, she is the odd female academic who is actually interested not only in what men think, but how we behave. More importantly, Dr. Helen’s interest, unlike many, many other women who’ve written about the plight of men, isn’t how the failures of men affect women, but instead how these failures are affecting … men. (This is a novel approach if you’ve read many of the books by womyn about men – most really are interested in a backdoor style of subterranean misandry disguised as concern trolling).

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First, I've got "Men On Strike" on order ... it should be here in a few days and, based on all the comments and reviews, I am really looking forward to reading it.

I have been contemplating many of these issues myself over the last couple of years and have only recently, and thankfully, stumbled upon this (seemingly large) online community of like thinkers ... at many points I have wondered if I am the only one who is having such a visceral reaction to all this feminism, misandry, and "down with the man" nonsense.

In any case, I am, I suppose, what you'd call an alpha male. I come from a very conservative, traditional, Christian nuclear family. Divorces are simply nonexistent in my extended family ... just basic hardworking, churchgoing, country people from East Tennessee. I am in my early 30's, have a master's degree, a great military career, am extremely physically fit, make an excellent income, have traveled the world, do NOT play "The Game," and have always wanted a family of my own ... a wife, children, and a home we share together. The only barrier that stands between myself and those things is the state of women in my generation. (Full disclosure: I almost married once, a few years ago, but, after 4 years together, her career still proved more important than marriage and a family.)

Women in their 30's and below have grown up in an environment moulded by the feminist agenda and even the "good ones" are feminists without even knowing it ... because feminism has achieved the ultimate victory by so deeply embedding its tenets into our culture that they now appear as "normal," rather than as part of an "ism."

The cost/benefit argument regarding men and marriage/children is an extremely strong one and any rational male with a self-reliant nature and even a shred of self-preservation tendency should think long and hard about putting themselves at the absolute mercy of a system that is completely rigged in favor of their, should they divorce, adversary. One just does not engage the enemy when said enemy has the high ground unless one has superior numbers, weaponry, or some other tactical advantage ... and, in the current sociological climate, men have nary a one of these.

To close, I have "gone Galt" but I did not realize I had done so until I found these forums and this group of similarly interested individuals. I consider this a shame and I do not enjoy having chosen this course for my life. I feel as though I could be a great father and would have had much to teach and pass on to my children, as well as a lot of love (and fidelity!) to offer to a loving and faithful wife.

Thank you for entertaining my post.
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Thanks for this well-written reply. I'm in my 30's, educated, have a great job, responsible, no addictions or skeletons in my closet, I'm healthy, and some people consider me handsome. I've abandoned dating and marriage as well.

There are more men like us everyday. I don't feel sorry for the "good women" at all, because scant few of them have ever uttered a peep of protest against the man-haters. Men have happily sacrificed and died by the millions to protect and provide for women. Most women can't say one freaking word on our behalf. Let them sleep in the empty bed they've helped create with their silence.
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And thank you for sharing your post here!
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