In the biblical narrative the Massacre of the Innocents, males under the age of two were selected to be executed by the state.

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 in or permit the effective passing of a death sentence on a significant proportion of men and boys, as a result of conscription 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.