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What can lead to gender equity: masculism, feminism or humanism?
Though masculism and feminism have common agenda of gender equity but the both have become rival movements. However, masculism as a Men's Rights Activism (MRA) is a recent phenomenon that stated new laws and women empowerment actions led to role reversal rather than gender equity.

Feminism is an age-old Women's Rights Activism (WRA) that started in the west in late eighteenth century to dilute the dominance of men in social and political arenas. Feminism has its genesis in the notion that women as a group are oppressed by men as a group, and therefore, need to be empowered and supported for equity through special legal provisions and programmes.

Masculism, on the other hand, started in the late twentieth century and gained momentum during the first decade of twenty first century. It started with the realization that political powers are wrongfully tilting the balance in favour of women by masculanising them through role reversal by passing new laws, setting up empowered commissions dedicated to women and quota systems that needlessly vilify men.

Political, corporate and market forces have cleverly turned the issue of gender equity into a battle of sexes and by supporting emergence of oppression by women against men through role reversal and competition. On the sly, it is being propagated that men as a group are a problem in society instead of creation of a social-sensitive environment for serious and meaningful discussion on gender issues.

On the other hand, humanism as a life-perspective which emphasize the value and agency of human beings as universal set in which diversity is respected collectively. Though humanist movements operate in low key, but they are aligned with secularism and equity among all human beings with respect towards uniqueness of every individual. Humanism deemphasizes competition and stresses cooperation and fellowship among human beings as main tenets of their material, social and ethical development.

I think there is need for the masculists to make a shift from men’s rights and issues towards gender sensitization and equity. Similarly, we need to deconstruct the present format of feminism and create the space needed to infuse men’s issues into the gender discourse. We need to turn into humanists and respect diversity. Both men and women must work together on a larger issue of social equity as co-participants in life.

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