Gendercide In The Witch Hunts Of The Nineteenth Century

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The label ‘gendercide’ is very appropriate to the European witch-hunts of the sixteenth century, but not 100% appropriate. Although the majority of people persecuted during these great witch-hunts were women, we’ve learned that 25% of those persecuted were men. This clearly shows that the witch-hunts weren’t just focused on a war on women. From the publishing of Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger’s book, Malleus Maleficarum however, we are led to believe that the witch-hunts were in fact, a war on women.
"All wickedness, […] is but little to the wickedness of a woman. […] What else is woman but a foe to friendship, an unescapable punishment, a necessary evil, a natural temptation, a desirable calamity, domestic danger, a delectable detriment, an evil nature, painted with fair colours. […] Women are by nature instruments of Satan -- they are by nature carnal, a structural defect rooted in the original creation.”
From the extract above taken from the ‘hammer of the witches’ above, we clearly b see ‘woman’ mentioned. The writers of the Malleus Maleficarum clearly had something against women, but what could that have been?
From my research, I’ve come up with a lot of theories as to why Heinrich Kramer specifically targeted women with their very influential guide
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The European witch-hunts were all about the church gaining power. The men of the church wanted to wipe out any women that would stand in their way. They wanted their religion to be the supreme religion. They wanted men to remain powerful. From the research presented in this essay, it is clear that the Malleus Maleficarum was the main object used in the demolishing of women and stopping them from having any sort of power. The term ‘gendercide’ is very appropriate when speaking of most countries in early modern Europe as man early modern European countries killed more females than males, however in the case of Iceland, that is not the

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