'Get the Hell Out of Bed!' Are Men Boycotting Marriage and the American Dream?
Are men “checking out” of society? Dr. Helen Smith argues in her new book, “Men on Strike,” that males in our society are boycotting marriage, fatherhood and the American dream. The dynamic of the American family is changing, as reflected in a recent study that shows women are the primary breadwinners in four out of 10 households. But is society to blame, as Dr. Smith argues, for less men taking on the responsibility of caring for a family than ever before?
Dr. Smith writes, “[The] new world order is a place where men are discriminated against, forced into a hostile environment in school and later in college, and held in contempt by society. Maybe there is no incentive to grow up anymore. It used to be that being a grown-up, responsible man was rewarded with respect, power and deference. Now, not so much.”
Tucker Carlson reacted, “Every word of that is true. […] If you’re a man, stop whining and reclaim your birthright which is masculinity, and masculinity and male power derive from responsibility. You don’t embrace responsibility, you have no power.”
Alisyn Camerota argued that there are still men who want to get married and have children. Carlson shot back, “Look at the numbers, look at the marriage rate.”
He went on to charge that without embracing the responsibility of a family, “you’re not a man, you’re a child.”
Camerota quoted Dr. Smith’s statement that men used to be king of the castle, but are now “some shlub carrying around a flower diaper bag.”
In the debate over men changing diapers versus “hunting the deer,” as Clayton Morris put it, Camerota responded, “I want both.”
Morris cited recent statistics showing that since the 1960s, men are taking on more responsibilities – including chores around the house and child-rearing. But Carlson fired back, “Changing diapers is not the same as getting the hell out of bed, getting to work and supporting your family.”