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In her book Men on Strike, Helen Smith discusses ways "American society has become anti-male. Men are sensing the backlash and are consciously and unconsciously going “on strike.” They are dropping out of college, leaving the workforce and avoiding marriage and fatherhood at alarming rates. The trend is so pronounced that a number of books have been written about this “man-child” phenomenon, concluding that men have taken a vacation from responsibility simply because they can. But why should men participate in a system that seems to be increasingly stacked against them?"
Meanwhile, the "Single Parent Families Threaten America's Future" article in Investor's Business Daily blog, Investors.com, claims "Today, 24% of all families are headed by single mothers. And that number is set to grow. New data from the Centers for Disease Control show that out-of-wedlock births as a share of all births was 40.7% in 2012." Moreover, "children growing up without a father in the home are four times more likely to live in poverty than children of married parents, three times more likely to end up in jail and 50% more likely to be poor as adults."
Has the pendulum swung so far against men in terms of parental rights, child support, and anti-male sentiment, as Helen Smith suggests, that the marriage cost/benefit equation for men is out of balance? Is government policy responsible for the deterioration of the American family? Any way one chooses to look at it, there appears to be a looming social and economic crisis on the horizon.