History Main / Gendercide

13th Sep '17 7:06:36 PM SamCarterX206
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* David Patenaude's ''EternityRoad'' centered on a virus called Elisha's Bear, that wiped out most of the men in the world. It's revealed that it was intentionally released by an angry radical feminist.

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* David Patenaude's ''EternityRoad'' ''EpitaphRoad'' centered on a virus called Elisha's Bear, that wiped out most of the men in the world. It's revealed that it was intentionally released by an angry radical feminist.
13th Sep '17 11:21:01 AM frozen
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** This results in a social problem for men too: it means that there is a perpetual drought of females for spouses. And unfortunately, this problem is "solved" by trafficking women from other countries who are forced into marriage to these men, women who are usually North Korean defectors. The Family Planning Policy was enforced through a financial penalty in the form of the "social child-raising fee" which is a percentage of the annual income.

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** This results in a (much less serious) social problem for men too: men: it means that there is a perpetual drought of females women for spouses. And unfortunately, In China this problem is frequently "solved" by trafficking women from other countries who are forced into marriage to these men, women who are usually women, often North Korean defectors.defectors, and forcing them to marry men. The Family Planning Policy was enforced through a financial penalty in the form of the "social child-raising fee" which is a percentage of the annual income.



** Infanticide has a long history in the regions. Back before birth control - i.e., before the twentieth century - one dealt with unwanted children in one of two ways: abortion, which was common virtually worldwide, and getting rid of the baby when it was born. In Europe and its offshoots, this took the form of giving your baby to an orphanage or a guild, or simply to leave them someplace that someone might pick them up. Whether the child lived or died - and at least nine out of ten babies abandoned in this way ''did'' die - was irrelevant, because their parents [[ThouShaltNotKill had not, technically, committed infanticide]]. In the (Indian) Subcontinent and East Asia, they gave them (honourable) death. Of course, there's many a case of parents throughout Eurasia ''meaning'' to dispose of their unwanted child, only to find they just can't do it; related to this, there are countless cases of the adoption of unwanted babies by those unable to have (more) children themselves.

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** Infanticide has a long history in the regions.history. Back before birth control - i.e., before the twentieth century - one dealt with unwanted children in one of two ways: abortion, which was common virtually worldwide, and getting rid of the baby when it was born. In Europe and its offshoots, this took the form of giving your baby to an orphanage or a guild, or simply to leave them someplace that someone might pick them up. Whether the child lived or died - and at least nine out of ten babies abandoned in this way ''did'' die - was irrelevant, because their parents [[ThouShaltNotKill had not, technically, committed infanticide]]. In the (Indian) Subcontinent and East Asia, they gave them (honourable) death. Of course, there's many a case of parents throughout Eurasia ''meaning'' to dispose of their unwanted child, only to find they just can't do it; related to this, there are countless cases of the adoption of unwanted babies by those unable to have (more) children themselves.themselves.
***Three types of children were abandoned or 'exposed' in Ancient Rome: disabled or deformed boys, younger daughters of 'respectable' families of any rank (although it was unusual for a poor family to keep even a single girl), and illegitimate daughters of freeborn mothers. Basically a boy had to be disabled or deformed to be exposed, while more girls were exposed than not. The Roman government frequently offered incentives - money, prestige, lower taxes, even higher rank - to parents with four or more children specifically to cut down on female infanticide; by the time of the Good Emperors poor men often joined the military because they couldn't find a wife in Rome.



** This is why the Spinster is such a prominent fixture in mid-20th C. popular fiction, especially in Britain.

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** This is why the Spinster spinster is such a prominent fixture in mid-20th C. popular fiction, especially in Britain.the Commonwealth.


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** We have evidence that significantly more female civilians died than male, as paradoxically Red Army soldiers had a lower death rate than Slavic civilians in German-occupied Eastern Europe. Also, young Jewish men had a higher rate of survival than any other Jewish group; they were used as slave labour (where they had a small if real chance to escape) while their female and older relatives were sent directly to the gas.
13th Sep '17 11:00:01 AM frozen
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* OlderThanDirt: already pre-Biblical sources insist that [[HumansAreBastards in the human history]] it has been customary for a conqueror to kill all adult males, [[GroinAttack castrate all young boys]] and [[SexSlave take all women as sex slaves]]. [[MenAreTheExpendableGender Men are expendable]].

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* OlderThanDirt: already pre-Biblical Pre-Biblical sources insist that [[HumansAreBastards in the human history]] it has been customary for a conqueror to kill all adult males, [[GroinAttack castrate all young boys]] and [[SexSlave take all women as sex slaves]]. [[MenAreTheExpendableGender Men are expendable]].expendable]], or as many see it, men can fight back but women are incompetent idiots fit only for what use men can make of their orifices.
24th Aug '17 12:59:43 AM PaulA
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* R.A. Lafferty's short story "Parthen" is set ''during'' a Gendercide, in which asexually-reproducing aliens who resemble pretty young women mingle with the human population, causing every man who sees them to fall chastely in love with them. This induced a form of LoveMakesYouStupid, so the infatuated men quit working, abandon their families, and eventually perish in the streets. Human women clean up the bodies and replace men in the workforce, while the alien "girls" buy up property when the male owners desert it. A transmission from space had previously warned the Earth that aliens would destroy half of humanity and enslave the other half, yet even as they're starving to death, the male protagonists keep assuming it'll be a violent invasion rather than a Gendercide.

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* R.A. Lafferty's Creator/RALafferty's short story "Parthen" is set ''during'' a Gendercide, in which asexually-reproducing aliens who resemble pretty young women mingle with the human population, causing every man who sees them to fall chastely in love with them. This induced a form of LoveMakesYouStupid, so the infatuated men quit working, abandon their families, and eventually perish in the streets. Human women clean up the bodies and replace men in the workforce, while the alien "girls" buy up property when the male owners desert it. A transmission from space had previously warned the Earth that aliens would destroy half of humanity and enslave the other half, yet even as they're starving to death, the male protagonists keep assuming it'll be a violent invasion rather than a Gendercide.
20th Aug '17 9:00:21 PM Sharlee
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* This trope is an annual event for the genus ''Antechinus'', tiny Australian marsupials that resemble shrews. During their breeding season, which takes place over just a few days, males frantically do '''nothing''' but seek out females and copulate with them, never stopping to eat, drink, sleep, or attend to cuts and scrapes they suffer in their madcap TestosteronePoisoning-driven quest to breed. By the time all the females are pregnant, the males are all dead or dying from infections, organ failure, and sheer exhaustion. Then it's [[LadyLand up to the ladies]] to raise the next generation of females and sex-suicidal males.

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* This trope is an annual event for the genus ''Antechinus'', tiny Australian marsupials that resemble shrews. During their breeding season, which takes place over just a few days, males frantically do '''nothing''' but frantically seek out females and copulate with them, never stopping to eat, drink, sleep, or attend to cuts and scrapes they suffer in their madcap TestosteronePoisoning-driven quest to breed. By the time all the females are pregnant, the males are all dead or dying from infections, organ failure, and sheer exhaustion. Then it's [[LadyLand up to the ladies]] to raise the next generation of females and sex-suicidal males.
20th Aug '17 8:59:33 PM Sharlee
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* This trope is an annual event for the genus ''Antechinus'', tiny Australian marsupials that resemble shrews. During their breeding season, which takes place over just a few days, males frantically do '''nothing''' but seek out females and copulate with them, never stopping to eat, drink, sleep, or attend to cuts and scraps they suffer in their TestosteronePoisoning-driven quest to breed. By the time all the females are pregnant, the males are all dead or dying from infections, organ failure, and sheer exhaustion. Then it's [[LadyLand up to the ladies]] to raise the next generation of females and sex-suicidal males.

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* This trope is an annual event for the genus ''Antechinus'', tiny Australian marsupials that resemble shrews. During their breeding season, which takes place over just a few days, males frantically do '''nothing''' but seek out females and copulate with them, never stopping to eat, drink, sleep, or attend to cuts and scraps scrapes they suffer in their madcap TestosteronePoisoning-driven quest to breed. By the time all the females are pregnant, the males are all dead or dying from infections, organ failure, and sheer exhaustion. Then it's [[LadyLand up to the ladies]] to raise the next generation of females and sex-suicidal males.
20th Aug '17 8:58:37 PM Sharlee
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* This trope is an annual event for the genus ''Antechinus'', tiny Australian marsupials that resemble shrews. During their breeding season, which takes place over just a few days, males frantically do '''nothing''' but seek out females and copulate with them, never stopping to eat, drink, sleep, or attend to cuts and scraps they suffer in their TestosteronePoisoning-driven quest to breed. By the time all the females are pregnant, the males are all dead or dying from infections, organ failure, and sheer exhaustion. Then it's [[LadyLand up to the ladies]] to raise the next generation of females and sex-suicidal males.
7th Aug '17 6:21:50 AM JackG
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* Occurred in an episode of ''Series/BlakesSeven'', where a group of women were trying to exterminate all men. Avon summed it up nicely: "It's a problem, isn't it? You can have war between races, war between cultures, war between planets. But once you have war between the sexes, you eventually run out of people."

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* Occurred in an episode of ''Series/BlakesSeven'', where ''Series/BlakesSeven''. In "Power", a group of women were trying to exterminate all men.[[LiteralMetaphor literal]] BattleOfTheSexes is taking place between two gender-divided societies. Avon summed it up nicely: "It's a problem, isn't it? You can have war between races, war between cultures, war between planets. But once you have war between the sexes, you eventually run out of people."
5th Aug '17 10:56:39 AM IsaacsLaughing
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* Possibly the most influential work on this trope, though now almost totally forgotten, ''Manga/{{Marginal}}'' built on the success of ''Manga/KazeToKiNoUta'' to cement the ShounenAi genre, and was the flagship of a generation of Japanese women writing sci-fi. In it, a disease wiped out all women except one "Holy Mother", from whom all post-catastrophe humans, all male, are born.
16th Jul '17 2:13:23 AM SkidTroper
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When all the women die off, the story is usually less about politics or gender issues and more about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. These stories almost always take place AfterTheEnd, in either a cruel {{dystopia}} or a chaotic ScavengerWorld. Either way, the clear implication is usually that without the "[[WomenAreWiser calming presence]]" of women, the men will immediately nuke themselves to hell out of [[ImAManICantHelpIt sexual frustration]] and other [[ARealManIsAKiller "manly" demands]]. Such a setting is of course highly prone to feature brutal [[DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale male-on-male rape]] to add to the NightmareFuel, or for [[AuthorAppeal other reasons]]. Note this can happen with the women-left scenario, but much less often and with the rape part nonexistent. The sexist nature of the situation is more complicated still if the men are "fighting over" the remaining women (in which case, there's at least a ''reason'' for conflict).

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When all the women die off, in a [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement usually unintentional]] double standard twist, the story is usually less about politics or gender issues and more about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. These stories almost always take place AfterTheEnd, in either a cruel {{dystopia}} or a chaotic ScavengerWorld. Either way, the clear implication is usually that without the "[[WomenAreWiser calming presence]]" of women, the men will immediately nuke themselves to hell out of [[ImAManICantHelpIt sexual frustration]] and other [[ARealManIsAKiller "manly" demands]]. Such a setting is of course highly prone to feature brutal [[DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale male-on-male rape]] to add to the NightmareFuel, or for [[AuthorAppeal other reasons]]. Note this can happen with the women-left scenario, but much less often and with the rape part nonexistent. The sexist nature of the situation is more complicated still if the men are "fighting over" the remaining women (in which case, there's at least a ''reason'' for conflict).
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