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Masculism or Masculinism may refer to the advocacy of the elimination of discrimination because they are male, or alternatively, and in a feminist framework, an approach that is focussed on male superiority and the promotion of male interests and opinions, to the exclusion of those of women.
Defininion and scope 
The Oxford English Dictionary regards it as "Advocacy of the rights of men; adherence to or promotion of opinions, values, etc., regarded as typical of men; (more generally) anti-feminism, machismo." Though the terms masculism, men's rights and masculinism may be used interchangeably, philosopher Ferrell Christensen differentiates the words "masculism" and "masculinism"; he defines the latter as promoting the attributes of manliness. Political scientist Georgia Duerst-Lahti also distinguishes between the two terms, with masculism being more associated with the early gender egalitarian days of men's movement, while masculinism is refers to patriarchy and its ideology.
Christensen differentiates between "progressive masculism" and an "extremist version". The former welcomes many of the societal changes promoted by feminists, while stating that many aimed at reducing sexism against women have had the effect of increasing it against men. The latter promotes male supremacy to some degree and is generally based on a belief in women's inferiority. Nicholas Davidson, in his book "The Failure of Feminism" describes an extremist version of masculism which he termed "virism". According to Davidson, in this view "What ails society is 'effeminacy'. The improvement of society requires that the influence of female values be decreased and the influence of male values increased…." Gender theories, which have frequently focussed on woman-based or feminist approaches, have come to include a "masculism" approach which seeks to examine oppression in a masculinist society from the perspectives of men, most of whom do not benefit from that society.  From a feminist perspective to philosophy, masculinism seeks to value and include only male views, and claim "that anything that cannot be reduced or translated in men's experience should be exclude from the subject-matter of philosophy.
Discrimination against men 
Many masculists suggest the abolition of co-educational schooling, believing that single-sex schools are preferred for the well-being of boys. Some studies have indicated that because boys attract more teacher attention in classrooms compared to girls, boys also receive harsher forms of punishment as well as more frequent punishment than girls for the same offenses. Men earn only 72 bachelors degrees for every 100 women earn.
Data from 1994 in the U.S. reported that 94% of workplace fatalities occur to men. Masculist Warren Farrell has argued that men are often clustered in dirty, physically demanding and hazardous jobs in an unjustifiably disproportionate manner. The male unemployment rate is 7% higher than the female unemployment rate.
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Masculists express concern about violence against men being depicted as humorous, in the media and elsewhere. One prominent example addressed by the masculist men's rights movement was the Boys are stupid, throw rocks at them! controversy. In December 2003, radio host and masculist men's rights activist Glenn Sacks started a campaign against Todd Goldman's "Boys are stupid, throw rocks at them!" T-shirts, on the grounds of misandry. The campaign against the line received support from several masculist groups, such as the National Coalition of Free Men, but also from groups with broader agendas, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Masculists also express concern about violence against men being ignored, minimalized or taken less seriously than violence against women. They assert that there is gender symmetry in domestic violence, Another concern expressed is that assumptions of female innocence or sympathy for women may result in disproportionate penalties for women and men for similar crimes, lack of sympathy for male victims in domestic violence cases, and dismissal of female-on-male sexual assault and sexual harassment cases.
Historically the practice of conscription has for the most part been just applicable to males but not females, leading to males being forced to engage in high danger and traumatic war experiences.
"Custody law is perhaps the best-known area of men's rights activism", as it is more common for the mother to obtain custody of children in case of divorce. David Benatar, head of philosophy at the University of Cape Town, argues: "When the man is the primary care-giver his chances of winning custody are lower than when the woman is the primary care-giver. Even when the case is not contested by the mother, he's still not as likely to get custody as when the woman's claim is uncontested".
There are only 9 women in prison for every 100 men.
83% of homeless living on the street and 75% of homeless who are without residence for more than 2 years are men. This inequality is partially caused by feminist activists who support programs helping women only shelters, while men make up a greater proportion of the homeless.
Masculinists point out the high-rates of suicide in men.
Feminists respond to the different ideologies of masculism in different ways. Masculists who promote gender equality are often considered male feminists. It is the general opinion of modern feminists that masculism, when defined as "male superiority or dominance", is inherently opposed to the equality cause and is considered a form of misogyny. Philosopher Ferrell Christensen states that if masculism and feminism refer to the belief that men/women are systematically discriminated against, and that this discrimination should be eliminated, there is not necessarily a conflict between feminism and masculism, and some assert that they are both. However, many believe that one sex is more discriminated against, and thus use one label and reject the other.
Criticisms and responses 
To the extent that masculism is associated with antifeminist masculinism, its primary focus is on “masculinity and the place of white heterosexual men in North America and European societies.”
As previously stated, some masculinists believe that differentiated gender roles are natural. There is considerable evidence for social influences (e.g. gender division of labor, socialization) as the sole or primary origin of gender differentiation. Furthermore, belief in inherent gender differences allows for inequality and for the dominant group to assert power by means of perceived difference. The masculinist movement has to some extent appropriated the concepts of evolutionary psychology: this theory argues that adaptation during prehistory resulted in complementary but different roles for the different genders, and that this balance has been distabilized by feminism since the 1960s. Despite the concern of some feminist groups towards the rights of men, some masculinist movements are explicitly antifeminist. According to Blais and Dupuis-Déri, “the contents of [masculinist] websites and the testimony of feminists that we questioned confirm that masculinists are generally critical of even moderate feminists and feminists at the head of official feminist organizations.” Masculinist activism has involved disruption of events organized by feminists and lawsuits against feminist academics, journalists, or activists. Furthermore, masculinist actions are sometimes extreme; father’s rights activists have bombed family courts in Australia and have issued bomb threats in the UK, although it is ambiguous whether there was public and organized militant group involvement. They have also engaged in “tire-slashing, the mailing of excrement-filled packages, threats against politicians and their children.” Spokesmen for these groups have also spoken out against public awareness campaigns to prevent sexual assault, arguing that they portray a negative image of men, and one masculinist group harassed administrators of dozens of battered women’s shelters and women’s centers.
- Karin Martin observed the treatment of children in five preschools and found that girls are punished more often than boys by teachers for speaking, playing, and moving in general.
- In reference to physical ability requirements in certain occupations (e.g. the army, police, fire service, etc.), women in male dominated occupations must prove themselves to be physically able to a larger degree than men, and women are likely to be hired at less pay and less likely to get promotions. Additionally, these institutions are not likely to have established standards for maternity leave, or codes related to sexual harassment – which women in male dominated fields are very likely to experience.
- Whilst men’s advocacy groups argue that custody decisions discriminate against fathers, women’s advocacy groups (and the media) counter that custody decisions discriminate against mothers. However, “[g]ender stereotypes [such as nurturing caretaker] that favor mothers' preferential claims to custody are not supported by research”, despite widespread claims to the contrary. In custody decisions, gender biases can favor either men or women: “a judge may decline to consider a father a serious candidate for custody, just as he may decline to find fit for custody a divorced mother who works or one who is sexually active.” In some countries and cultures, the majority of fathers do not seek joint or primary custody. For example, during the early 21st century in Québec, 80% of child custody cases were settled outside of court because the majority of fathers did not seek joint custody, and still fewer sought primary custody. Further, 5% of cases were settled by default, usually due to the father failing to appear in court.
See also 
- Masculine psychology
- Men's liberation
- Men's movement
- Men's spaces
- Reverse discrimination
Men's organizations 
- Fathers 4 Justice
- International Men's Day (19 November: Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Australia, India, United States, Singapore, United Kingdom, Malta, South Africa, Hungary, Ireland, Ghana, and Canada)
- Promise Keepers
- Save Indian Family
Notable persons associated with masculism 
- Manliness (book) (2006)
- Politics of Aristotle asserts excellence varies with social role, including gender.
- The Legal Subjection of Men, 1908 antithesis of John Stuart Mill's 1869 The Subjection of Women.
- The Fraud of Feminism by Ernest Belfort Bax, 1914.
- The Myth of the Monstrous Male and Other Feminist Fallacies; John Gordon, Playboy Press, New York, 1982; ISBN 0-87223-758-3
- The Myth of Male Power: Why Men Are the Disposable Sex; Warren Farrell, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1993: ISBN 0-671-79349-7
- Manliness by Harvey Mansfield (2006) Yale Press  ISBN 0-300-10664-5
- Not Guilty: The Case in Defense of Men; David Thomas, William Morrow and Co., Inc., New York, 1993; ISBN 0-688-11024-X
- Good Will Toward Men; Jack Kammer, St. Martin's Press, New York, 1994; ISBN 0-312-10471-5
- Moral Panic: Biopolitics Rising; John Fekete, Robert Davies Publishing, Montreal-Toronto, 1994: ISBN 1-895854-09-1
- The New Men's Studies: A Selected and Annotated Interdisciplinary Bibliography (2nd Edition); Eugene R. August, Libraries Unlimited, Inc., Englewood, CO, 1994: ISBN 1-56308-084-2
- A Man's World: How Real Is Male Privilege - And How High Is Its Price?; Ellis Cose, Harper Collins, New York, 1995: ISBN 0-06-017206-1
- Why Men Don't Iron: The Real Science of Gender Studies; Anne & Bill Moir, Harper Collins, Hammersmith, London, 1998; ISBN 0-00-257035-1 (Trade Paperback); ISBN 0-00-257048-3 (Hardcover)
- The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity; Leon J. Podles, Spence Publishing Co., Dallas, TX, 1999. (The title is a play on the Christian theological terms church militant and church triumphant.)
- Spreading Misandry: The Teaching of Contempt for Men in Popular Culture; Paul Nathanson and Katherine K. Young, McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal, 2001; ISBN 0-7735-2272-7
- Sex Differences, Modern Biology and the Unisex Fallacy, Yves Christen
- Who Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women; Christina Hoff Sommers ISBN 0-684-80156-6
- The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men; Christina Hoff Sommers ISBN 0-684-84956-9
- Domestic Violence: The 12 Things You Aren't Supposed to Know by Thomas B. James ISBN 1-59330-122-7
- Ceasefire! : Why Women And Men Must Join Forces To Achieve True Equality; Cathy Young ISBN 0-684-83442-1
- The Masculine Mystique; Andrew Kimbrell ISBN 0-345-38658-2
- Nicholas Bunnin; Jiyuan Yu (15 April 2008). "Masculinism". The Blackwell Dictionary of Western Philosophy. John Wiley & Sons. p. 411. ISBN 978-0-470-99721-5.
- Christensen, Ferrell (1995). Ted Honderich, ed. The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-866132-0.
- Cathy Young (July 1994). "Man Troubles: Making Sense of the Men's Movement". Reason. "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 2011-07-18.
- Arthur Brittan (1989). Masculinity and Power. Wiley. p. 4. ISBN 978-0-631-14167-9. Retrieved 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 man and women, it assumes that heterosexuality is normal, it accepts without question the sexual division of labour, and it sanctions the political and dominant role of men in the public and private spheres"
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- Georgia Duerst-Lahti (2008). "Gender Ideology:masculinism and femininalism". In Goertz, Gary; Mazur, Amy. Politics, gender, and concepts : theory and methodology. Cambridge University Press. pp. 159–192. ISBN 978-0-521-72342-8.
- Dupuis-Déri, Francis (2009). "Le « masculinisme » : une histoire politique du mot (en anglais et en français)". Recherches féministes 22 (2): 97. doi:10.7202/039213ar. ISSN 0838-4479.
- Nicholas Davidson (1988). The failure of feminism. Prometheus Books, Publishers. pp. 274–. ISBN 978-0-87975-408-2.
- Gunhild Hoogensen; Bruce Olav Solheim (2006). Women in power: world leaders since 1960. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 21–. ISBN 978-0-275-98190-7.
- Melissa Blais and Francis Dupuis-Déri. "Masculinism and the Antifeminist Countermovement." Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest 11:1 (2012): 21-39.
- "Degrees conferred by sex and race", National Center for Education Statistics, Education Demographics May 10, 2013
- , Department of Numbers, Unemployment Demographics May 10, 2013
- Warren Farrell, The Myth of Male Power: Why Men Are the Disposable Sex (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1993; ISBN 0-671-79349-7).
- Crary, D (2004-01-30). "'Stores pull "Boys Are Stupid" merchandise'". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
- Williams, D (2004-01-23). "Clothing Designer Misses Point of 'Girl Power'". Tolerance.org.
- "Just who are men's rights activists?", BBC, 2 May 2012
- , Prison Policy Institute, Gender Incarceration Rates by Sex May 5, 2013
- , Prison Policy Institute, Gender Incarceration Rates by Sex May 5, 2013
- Janet M. Martin and Maryanne Borrelli, Other Elites: Women, Politics, & Power in the Executive Branch (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2000; ISBN 1-55587-971-3, ISBN 978-1-55587-971-6).
- Susan B. Boyd; Dorothy E. Chunn; Hester Lessard (2007). Reaction and resistance: feminism, law, and social change. UBC Press. pp. 65–97. ISBN 978-0-7748-1411-9.
- Barbara Risman, "Gender as a Social Structure: Theory Wrestling with Activism." Gender & Society 18.4 (2004): 429-450.
- Susan A. Basow, Gender Stereotypes and Roles (Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole, 1992).
- Karin Martin, “Becoming a Gendered Body: Practices of Preschools.” American Sociological Review 63 (1998): 494-511.
- Christine Williams, Gender Differences at Work: Women and Men in Nontraditional Occupations (Berkeley and LA: University of California Press, 1991).
- Barbara Gutek and Robert Done, Chapter 25: Sexual Harassment (2001).
- Richard Warshak, "Gender Bias in Child Custody Decisions." Family Court Review 34.3 (1996): 396-409.
- Gender Bias in the Courts
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- American Coalition for Fathers and Children
- Equal Parental Rights for Fathers
- National Coalition of Free Men