Interview: Helen Smith Talks Men on Strike


MR. DRISCOLL:  Well, last question.  Going forward, as more and more men see the system in general stacked up against them, should they fight back; should they bail out on society and go Galt; or both?

DR. SMITH:  Well, in the book I do talk about a combination of both.  And I think you have to look at it -- as a psychologist, I look at people's sort of psychology of who are they, and how do they feel.  Do you feel like you're a -- are you a person who likes to stand up and say, you know, I'm not going to take this anymore?

I think you have to use the strengths or the weaknesses that you have, and to sort of extrapolate from there.  If you feel it's something that you just don't want to handle and you feel like going Galt or just opting out, I mean, a lot of men -- I see a lot of guys around -- I'm from Tennessee, and you know, a lot of guys are just riding around in their truck, drinking a beer, enjoying -- they're self employed.  Maybe they have, you know, some type of small business.  And maybe they're not married.  And they just enjoy doing -- doing their own thing.

Or maybe they still date women.  But they -- maybe they don't want to be married.  And of course, I'm not -- I think marriage is a great thing.  I've -- actually my 19th anniversary is coming up on the day my book comes out, which is really exciting.  So I certainly advocate marriage.  But I don't advocate it in the -- you know, I don't advocate the legal terms out there for men at this point.

But I do think, just as a man, to be aware of what's going on, and do fight back.  And I do think going in -- and people say like don't get involved, like Internet chat rooms and things like that.  But I don't think it's a bad thing when you see people say even in The Wall Street Journal, or people over at The New York Times, go over there and put your two cents in.

And I see people even over at The Atlantic, a lot of men get on that site.  And they would really go after, you know, somebody who's got something negative to say about men.  And I think that's terrific, because it lets people know there's another option out there besides making fun of men and treating them as the enemy.

I mean, we're all friends here.  We all want to get along.  And we all want to make the best of our society, hopefully, if we're decent human beings.  And in that vein, I think it's important that we learn that men and boys do have feelings and that we do need to protect, you know, constitutionally and psychologically, those men and boys in our society, just like we do women and girls.

MR. DRISCOLL:  This is Ed Driscoll for PJ Media.  And we've been talking with Helen Smith, who blogs at PJ, and is the author of Men on Strike:  Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood and the American Dream -- and Why it MattersIt's published by Encounter Books and available from and your local bookstore.

And Helen, continued success with the book and blog and thank you once again for stopping by today.

DR. SMITH:  Thanks so much, Ed.  I really appreciate it.

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Transcribed by, with minor revisions (including hyperlinks) by Ed Driscoll.