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Androcide refers to the systematic killing of men, boys, or males in general.


Androcide is a coordinate term of femicide and a hyponym of gendercide.[1] The etymological root of the hybrid word is derived from a combination of the Greek prefix andro meaning "man" or boy,[2] with the Latin suffix cide, meaning killing.[3]


In the proactive scenario of human societies, androcide may be a deliberate goal, perhaps with the goal of degrading the offensive capabilities of an adversary.[4] In a more passive scenario androcide has been likened to misandry when society in general participate or permit the decimation of a significant proportion of men and boys during conscriptions for military service.[5] In fruit flies an androcidal animosity towards males may be due to rivalry, a perception of a challenge to their dominance or a combination of the two.[6] Some organizations that are critical of feminism as well as some publishers have argued that the targeting of men is a contemporary issue in war.[7] Androcide has also been a feature of literature in ancient Greek mythology[8] and in hypothetical situations wherein there is discord between the sexes.[9]


With regards to plants, androcide may refer to efforts to direct pollination through emasculating certain crops.[10]

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  1. ^ Welsh, EE (2012). Establishing Difference: The Gendering and Racialization of Power in Genocide (PDF).
  2. ^ Danner, Horace (2013). A Thesaurus of Medical Word Roots. p. 17.
  3. ^ Green, Tamara (2014). The Greek & Latin Roots of English. p. 51.
  4. ^ Synnott, Anthony (2012). Re-Thinking Men: Heroes, Villains and Victims. ISBN 9781409491958.
  5. ^ Nathanson, Paul (2015). Replacing Misandry: A Revolutionary History of Men. without referring to the androcide of course that many societies have imposed at a later stage of the life cycle in the form of military conscription
  6. ^ Srivastava, U.S. (1980). Golden jubilee commemoration volume, 1980. p. 51.
  7. ^ Nathanson, Paul (2006). Legalizing Misandry: From Public Shame to Systemic Discrimination Against Men. p. 154.
  8. ^ Skempis, Marios (2014). Geography, Topography, Landscape: Configurations of Space in Greek and Roman Epic. p. 172.
  9. ^ Morgan, Robin (1977). Going Too Far: The Personal Chronicle of a Feminist. p. 3.
  10. ^ Verma, MM (1978). "Ethrel-a male gametocide that can replace the male sterility genes in barley". Euphytica. 27 (3): 865–868. doi:10.1007/BF00023727.