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Opponents argue that since over 80% of all murder victims are men, the term places too much emphasis on the less prevalent murder of females.In addition, the study of femicide is a social challenge.For example, the Middle East and South Asia have higher rates of honor killing which is defined as the murder of women by their family due to an actual or assumed sexual or behavioral transgression such as adultery, sexual intercourse, or even rape.Depending on the definition, femicide can also include deaths as a result of female genital mutilation, the intentional spreading of HIV/AIDS, and the unsafe abortions in countries where access to abortion is stymied or illegal.Feminist author Diana Russell narrows the definition of femicide to "the killing of females by males because they are female".Russell places emphasis on the idea that males commit femicide with sexist motives.Russell believes her definition of femicide applies to all forms of sexist killing, whether they be motivated by misogyny (the hatred of females), by a sense of superiority over females, by sexual pleasure, or by assumption of ownership over women."Femicide is on the extreme end of a continuum of antifemale terror that includes a wide variety of verbal and physical abuse, such as rape, torture, sexual slavery (particularly in prostitution), incestuous and extrafamilial child sexual abuse, physical and emotional battery, sexual harassment (on the phone, in the streets, at the office, and in the classroom), genital mutilation (clitoridectomies, excision, infibulations), unnecessary gynecological operations (gratuitous hysterectomies), forced heterosexuality, forced sterilization, forced motherhood (by criminalizing contraception and abortion), psychosurgery, denial of food to women in some cultures, cosmetic surgery, and other mutilations in the name of beautification.
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'.
Feminists also argue that the motives for femicide are vastly different than those for androcide.
Instead of centering in street violence, much of femicide is centered within the home.
Examples of this include neglect of female children in preference of males, as well as dowry related murder where female in-laws kill women due to dowry disputes.
Moreover, COST Action 1206 provides definitions of femicide.