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But since it involves mere females, there was no name for it until Carol Orlock invented the word 'femicide.'" According to the Online Encyclopedia of Mass Violence, "...[Femicide] is proposed as an alternative to the gender-neutral term of 'homicide'.
Femicide is distinct from general homicide because the instances occur in domestic settings as a result of intimate partner or family violence, while policies targeting homicide often "...focus on street violence and organized crime, leaving aside domestic violence." A common critique of femicide cites the preferred use of "gendercide," which is more gender-neutral and more widely applicable.
The current usage emerged with the 1970s feminist movements, which aimed to raise feminine consciousness and resistance against gender oppression.
Here is part of what she wrote for the proceedings: "We must realize that a lot of homicide is in fact femicide. From the burning of witches in the past, to the more recent widespread custom of female infanticide in many societies, to the killing of women for "honor," we realize that femicide has been going on a long time.
Moreover, COST Action 1206 provides definitions of femicide.
All of these definitions refer to the idea that femicide is unique from non-gendered descriptions of murder and homicide.Feminists also argue that the motives for femicide are vastly different than those for androcide.