Victor Zen

Review of Men on Strike by Helen Smith, PhD

Victor Zen continues his book reviews by touching on the polarizing and groundbreaking book Men on Strike by psychologist Dr. Helen Smith. For the unaware, Dr. Smith writes for PJ Media and speaks in defense of men who realized that the system is geared against them.

Zen has some constructive criticism, but only because he has high hopes for the book’s future as a staple for a more balanced approach to gender.

You can buy Men On Strike to support Dr. Helen’s work.

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  • Bewildered

    Good review by a very good critic.The breadth and depth of knowledge in these matters in someone so young makes Victor Zen a true face in the crowd.AVFM is lucky to have him.

  • John Narayan

    Sounds like we need a men on strike part II.

  • TarnishedSophia

    If I may, I currently have a post up at my blog asking for the input of MGTOWs that will be collected and used (by myself, though the information will be available to everyone in the followup post) to dispel some of the myths towards MGTOW. Any man going his own way who wishes to help with this is welcome and appreciated.

    For some reason I can’t post the link on my phone, but it’s the MGTOW Survey post on Thanks in advance to anyone who helps with this.

  • ComradePrescott

    Your hair is fabulous, Victor.

    • ComradePrescott

      Also, parrying is superior to blocking you nerd! Of course, a wizard like you would know nothing about sword fighting. Duel-wielding forever.

  • Gerald Vrooman

    The late Ronald Reagan used to advise people to “vote with their feet” if they didn’t like the way that things were being run. In today’s gynocentric society, in which men are shouted down, mocked, and ridiculed for protesting the way they are being treated, a large number of men have simply decided to exercise their Reagan given right to vote with their feet. MGTOW are merely the ones who are articulate enough and self aware enough to put a name to what they are doing. Voting with your feet is usually the last right to go before the barbed wire and machine gun towers go up.

    • Samuel

      I just started reading this rather worrying and unsettling book. What surprised me is that the last section on how to improve the situation doesn’t include moving abroad.

      A good friend of mine married a Japanese and lives in Dubai. Others have married Phillipinos. I speak several languages and intend to settle down in Russia, Kazhakstan or Poland in a couple of years. Marrying a western girl seems dangerous and most don’t want to marry until they’re getting old.

  • Dean Esmay

    Men On Strike is the best book for popular consumption on men’s issues to come along in at least a decade if not two. I think it’s a must-have, especially for anyone who isn’t already familiar with these issues and you’re struggling to articulate them. Because men ARE going on strike, many of them unconsciously, more and more of them consciously.

  • crydiego

    A truly wonderful and thoughtful review of a truly wonderful and thoughtful book. Thank you Dr. Smith and thank you Victor Zen.

  • Lastango

    When I read the book I took it to be an introduction and an overview, aimed at raising awareness of key issues. It struck me as an attempt to cut through our society’s calculated denial of men’s rights concerns.

    Consider that it is a short book and a quick read. I interpret this format as a deliberate choice to increase appeal and accessibility. Dr. Smith is trying to break the ice for people who know little about the subject, and she needed to make that easy and attractive for them to do. By design, that is it’s primary job. Length and complexity would interfere with that mission, so I think Dr. Smith was correct to choose a simple, straightforward approach. It is commendable that she managed to popularize the topic without becoming breezy.

    I agree with Victor that, to become a landmark that establishes men’s rights on the cultural map, the book’s many strengths need to be expanded and developed. I suspect that’s a task best left for a separate, follow-on volume, and I hope the author carries on. Then we can keep this valuable book for what it is: a best beginning we can hand to people and say, “Here, start with this”.

    I’m reminded of back when the Coast Guard didn’t want to approve inflatable life jackets because there was a risk of mechanical failure, and some inflatables don’t perform as well as standard jackets. But then the Coast Guard figured out that when you fall in the water, the slim inflatable you were willing to wear is a whole lot more valuable than the bulky but superb jacket you left in the cabin because wearing it around the boat is horrible. The beauty of this book is that there’s a real chance someone will actually read it and make a start toward learning more and doing something about men’s rights.

  • Elle Bee

    Rollo Tomassi writes on his blog that despite the rise of mgtow the number of unmarried woman has only increased by around 4% in the last 10 years. Tomassi maybe a somewhat unwelcome source at AVfM because of his Game credentials. However I agree with his main beliefs which are (1) men are, despite all the complaints from women, the gender that favours commitment. (2) Men are the true romantics, whereas women love opportunistically, and always have one eye open for a better richer man.

    Tomassi has written that men would still marry in a heartbeat even in the current climate of severe legal, financial and social penalties, if they could find a woman to marry them. Tomassi’s argument is that
    men and mgtow men are rejecting the rejectors. That is they aren’t as concerned about the potentially severe disadvantages married men face as they say they are. No, according to Tomassi, and I believe he makes a good point here, men are actually not ‘on strike’ but rather saying to women by their actions rather petulantly: ‘ No! You don’t get to reject me as a potential marriage partner. I REJECT you first!’

    Feminism has created a vast number of Beta males in the last 30+ years who’ve had it continually drummed into their heads, by society, media, mothers, teachers etc that they exist almost solely to serve, protect and provide women, and that their sense of manhood depends entirely on how well they do these things. Tomassi calls this ‘The Feminine Imperative.’ The trouble with this is that the vast legions of feminised males that feminism created don’t turn women on. These men leave women drier than the Mohave Desert.* So when women go about wailing ‘where are all the good men?’ What they’re actually saying is ‘where are all the men that get me wet?’ Women today are rejecting men as potential husbands by the tens-of-thousands, and men according to Tomassi have developed mgtow and the marriage strike as psychological defence mechanisms.
    In the unlikely event that women lowered their standards and started accepting men that they could live with long-term without too much discomfort, then men would largely abandon the so-called ‘marriage strike’ and mgtow would consist solely of unmarriageable ‘omega’ die-hards.

    * I believe GWW used that phrase or something very similar in one of her YT videos.

    Edited for some spelling mistakes.