Ok, first I had to point something out, you claim "feminist" describes a woman with certian beliefs, yet your websters definition does not specify sex, it's actually unisex in it's definition as is the theory, and the ideal.
Second, I'd like to know the publishing information of the dictionary you obtained that definition of "masculinist" (Which btw when speaking about men's EQUAL rights the term is "Masculist" not "Masculinist", possibly the reason for the misconception)
Third, realize that feminism is not a special interest group solely for women, it is for both genders, therefore both men and women may call themselves feminists as long as they believe in equality of the sexes. Masculism is a theory that developed because men felt their interests were not being looked after by feminism, and therefore created another rights group.
These groups are not opposing, they are one in the same as far as beliefs are concerned, it is the policies and lobbying that differs between the two. But BOTH have the same goal, equality of the sexes.
I hate that I have to do this (use wikipedia) bc unfortunately because of the ignorance out there (lol case in point) there isn't a whole lot of un-biased information avliable on masculism but here's this if you want to read up
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