Male disposability or male expendability is the sexist idea that male lives are inherently worth less than female lives and that their lives can be disposed of when society requires it or would benefit from it. All human societies display a variable degree of male disposability. Because the death or the suffering of men isn't necessarily a subject of concern as men's only raison d'être is to be useful to others, societies tend to attribute comparatively far more importance to women's needs and well-being consequently generating a phenomenon of gynocentrism.
Induced by male disposability, the male status system conditionally attributes human worth to individual men.
In literature[edit | edit source]
Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men and The Metamorphosis by Kafka are tales of male disposability. Most war novels are other examples.