Now that women control the world, every man haz a sad. And so men everywhere are going Galt: Not getting married, not going to college, and taking low-wage jobs. Haha, TAKE THAT, WOMEN!
Or at least that’s the thesis of Men’s Rights Activist Helen Smith and Independent Woman (TM) Charlotte Hays:
Smith has a book coming out from Encounter Books entitled Male Strike: Society’s War on Men. The thesis of the book is that the deck is so stacked against men that they are “going Galt,” as Smith puts it. The term comes from Ayn Rand’s novel Atlas Shrugged in which society’s productive members went on strike—led by John Galt—because they were being exploited.
“In the case of men, the government and the politicians work in cahoots with women to extract money from men,” Smith says.” And then men aren’t entitled to a lot of the benefits, such as WIC (Women, Infants and Children Program) or a lot of welfare.”
The male strike can take the form of not marrying, not going to college or working at low-paying jobs and taking up hobbies to avoid paying into a system that uses state and federal programs to transfer men’s taxes to women.
Sure. Men — and she’s talking about blue-collar men here, mostly — are intentionally taking low-paying jobs and intentionally not going to college just to screw over women. Good revenge, boys! If a feminist wrote that, she’d be (rightly) pilloried for being a man-hating idiot, bulldozing over the legitimate problems faced by blue-collar men to prop up a bizarre conspiracy theory about how women are “in cahoots” with the government (a government run by… who now?) and men are irrational, stupid and vindictive. But Dr. Helen is a Friend To Men. Good friend there, men.
Also: Men can qualify for WIC if they are pregnant or have recently had a baby. And, if like most low-income people they do not qualify for WIC, they can apply for TANF, unemployment and a variety of other programs. Yes, they will get more government money if they are the sole provider for their children — because children cost money, and the purpose of many of these programs is to make sure no one starves. But it’s a new level of wah wah to say that you’re going to play videogames all day because you don’t want your hard-earned tax dollars to go to poor kids.
Not that many men are actually saying that. This is a nice reminder, though, that a lot of the folks who are anti-feminist “men’s rights” activists not only don’t really represent the interests of men, but seem to have a fairly dim view of the male population.