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Masculism (or Masculinism) is political, cultural, and economic movements which aim to establish and defend political, economic, and social rights and participation in society for men and boys. More generally, it may refer to any movement, theory or opinion which holds a belief in achieving males' equality with females as its core tenet. In this regard, it is the counterpart of feminism, which seeks to achieve the same goals but from a contradistinct viewpoint.
Issues of concern to masculists include legal equalities, such as those relating to the draft (compulsory enlistment in the military), child custody, alimony, and equal pay for equal work. Its concepts sometimes coincide with those of the men's rights, fathers' rights, and men's liberation movements. Masculinism strives to achieve these aims by advocating for the rights or needs of men; by the adherence to or promotion of opinions, values, and attitudes, regarded as typical of men; or, alternatively, through an androcentric approach, including the exclusion of women.
- (15 April 2008) "Masculinism", The Blackwell Dictionary of Western Philosophy. John Wiley & Sons, 411. ISBN 978-0-470-99721-5.
- Christensen, Ferrell (1995). in Ted Honderich: The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-866132-0.
- Cathy Young. "Man Troubles: Making Sense of the Men's Movement", Reason magazine, July 1994. "Not to worry" there seems to imply that this conception of masculism poses a threat to women, or to the women's movement. A broader conception of the women's movement, however, recognizes that patriarchy is harmful to both men and women, and therefore that prejudice and discrimination against both genders will need to be recognized and redressed.
- masculinist, n. Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster. Retrieved on 2011-07-18.
- Arthur Brittan (1989). Masculinity and Power. Wiley, 4. ISBN 978-0-631-14167-9. Retrieved on 11 May 2013. “Masculinism is the ideology that justifies and naturalizes male domination. As such it is the ideology of patriarchy. Masculinism takes it for granted that there is a fundamental difference between men and women, it assumes that heterosexuality is normal, it accepts without question the sexual division of labor, and it sanctions the political and dominant role of men in the public and private spheres”
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