Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964517 | Print ISBN: 9781412909167 | Online ISBN: 9781412964517| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Femicide is generally defined as males killing females because they are females. Variations on this definition include death through selective neglect or the use of the phrase “intentional killing” or any killing of females including those by other females. Feminists use this term to distinguish between the systematic destruction of women simply because they are women and the more general term, homicide, that is used to describe the murder of any person at another person's hands. By distinguishing between the two, feminists reject the use of gender neutral terms to describe what is normally considered hate crimes against women as a gender. Femicide is the ultimate form of violence against women. Research and discourse on femicide show that as patriarchy becomes institutionalized, femicide is used as a method of maintaining male privilege by controlling women and their sexuality. It is an extreme form of punishment against women who have Femicide ...