Is Getting Married A Raw Deal For Men?

Dr. Helen Smith’s book “Men on Strike” claims that men are not getting married as much anymore, likely because the penalties for getting married (and ultimately divorced) for them are so high. A 2012 Pew Research poll showed that the importance of marriage has gone up for women, but noticeably down for men.

Dr. Smith says that men more frequently look at the concept of marriage on a cost analysis basis, and that the financial penalties for marriage are high and the rewards are low, if not completely nonexistent. Men also have to pay alimony and child support in the event of a separation, and they don’t have any reproductive rights.