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The Elephant in the Room: A Review of Dr. Helen Smith’s Revelatory New Book, Men on Strike

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Jimmy Durante, the classic comedian and singer, used to nonchalantly lead a live elephant onto the Broadway stage during the course of his show.  A police officer would accost him, asking:  ”What are you doing with that elephant?”

Durante would casually reply: “What elephant?”

The flip response always brought down the house.

As Dr. Helen Smith lays clear in this dramatic and revelatory new book, the status of men in modern American society is the new elephant in the room: obvious, of major importance, yet often almost deliberately ignored, discounted, or downplayed.

Dr. Smith is a forensic psychologist with a doctorate from the University of Tennessee, and a columnist at PJ Media.com. Her previous book, The Scarred Heart: Understanding and Identifying Kids Who Kill, showed her brave ability to both empathize with and look dispassionately at dangerous children.  Smith’s professional experience with disturbed children gives her an unusually insightful perspective on men’s issues.  As she describes, the unfair treatment of men by society has unfortunate and deep-rooted trickle-down effects on children.

In Men on Strike, Dr. Smith takes us on a highly readable journey through her extensive studies of men’s issues.  We learn, for example, of the impact of men’s increasing fears of being labeled a pedophile.  In one unfortunate case, Englishman Clive Peachey saw two-year-old Abigail Rae wandering freely as he passed by in his truck.  But he didn’t stop to help her for fear he would be accused of attempting to abduct her.  The result?  Abigail drowned.

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