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Sunday, May 26, 2013

UK Men on Strike

A UK Daily Mail op-ed writes:
In Asia there's a new tendency for men to go their own way - with thousands shunning marriage and kids for a life of independence and control, which no family court can destroy. The same thing is happening across America and Canada.

In fact, author Helen Smith PHD recently published a book entitled Men on Strike, where she notes that: 'America 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.'

Now, it's happening here in Britain.

This isn't because men are 'selfish' or commitment-phobic pigs (as women frequently like to suggest). Rather, it's because they're tired of being ousted from families, of being shafted by sexist divorce rulings and being denied the most basic paternal rights.

These guys know that any child they have with a woman would be her baby, not their baby. In 2013, a so-called era of equality, three million UK fathers are still denied access to their children - simply because their bitter ex partners can manipulate the law.

So where's the incentive? Quite frankly, men's reticence to enter fatherhood is justified. And long may it continue.
Apparently this is a worldwide trend. He is responding to this rant against "selfish men" who do not want babies:
There are still some stubborn taboos about conception, and one of them involves the myth that deciding to have children is something women and men do together in an open and honest manner.

For some lucky couples it may be like that. But that is not my experience, nor the experience of many of my girlfriends.

I'm sorry if I offend any male readers by suggesting that they do not always play fair in matters of fertility. But in my experience men increasingly behave with terrible selfishness when it comes to giving up their bachelor lifestyles. ...

For if, like me, you have spent your 30s being involved with a series of men who enjoy their freedom, you will know it is simply a statement of fact that today's young males really aren't keen to become fathers. ...

To return to my own situation, I called off a wedding in my early 30s amid serious doubts about the direction in which my fiancé and I were heading - doubts made worse when he kept saying 'maybe next year' to the prospect of a baby.
In other UK news:
The murder of soldier Lee Rigby has provoked a backlash of anger across the UK, including the attacking of mosques, racial abuse and comments made on social media.

Eleven people have been arrested around Britain for making 'racist or anti-religious' comments on Twitter following the brutal killing in Woolwich on Wednesday.

The incident has also prompted a huge increase in anti-Muslim incidents, according to the organisation Faith Matters, which works to reduce extremism.
I guess the British have no free speech to say what is being done to their country.

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