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Gendercide is the systematic killing of members of a specific
Gendercide shares similarities with the term 'genocide' in inflicting mass murders; however, gendercide targets solely one gender, being men or women. Politico-military frameworks have historically inflicted militant-governed divisions between femicide, and androcide; gender-selective policies increase violence on gendered populations due to their socioeconomic significance.
Gendercide is reported to be a rising problem in several countries. Census statistics report that in countries such as
The Holocaust falls within the category of genocide but its early stages can also be categorized as gendercide. In many German-occupied territories, such as Serbia and the Soviet Union, men of military-service age and male adolescents were the first to be killed en masse. In such instances, women, children and the elderly were killed only later, "targeted as part of a root-and-branch extermination".
The term gendercide was first coined by American feminist
By analogy, gendercide would be the deliberate extermination of persons of a particular sex (or gender). Other terms, such as "gynocide" and "femicide," have been used to refer to the wrongful killing of girls and women. But "gendercide" is a sex-neutral term, in that the victims may be either male or female. There is a need for such a sex-neutral term, since sexually discriminatory killing is just as wrong when the victims happen to be male. The term also calls attention to the fact that gender roles have often had lethal consequences, and that these are in important respects analogous to the lethal consequences of racial, religious, and class prejudice.