Daily Archives: May 5th, 2013

QotD: Gynocide

More girls have been killed in the last FIFTY years, precisely because they were girls, than men were killed in ALL the battles of the 20th century.

More girls are killed in this routine gendercide in any ONE decade, than people were slaughtered in ALL the genocides of the 20th century.

Nicholas Kristof, Half the Sky

Found via Next Years Girl

I think gynocide is a better term than gendercide, as ‘gendercide’ implies that girls are being killed for their feminine behaviour, rather than for being female. Also gendercide implies that, somewhere in the world, there are boys being killed and male foetuses being aborted simply for being male, and as far as I know, mass killing of baby boys hasn’t happened since ancient Sparta, and that was in a sense ‘gendercide’, as they were killed for being weak (ie defective males), rather than simply for being male.