An increasing number of feminist groups want to be inclusive to trans-women while also distancing themselves from men by altering the spelling of woman.
Various groups across the U.S. are opting for “womxn” and “womyn,” to avoid spelling “man” or “men,” The College Fix reported Thursday. Some groups choose to pronounce the word the same as woman and others as “women-x.”
Women’s groups at the University of Iowa, University of California at Davis, Texas State University, University of Richmond, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UC Santa Barbara are some of the places where the alternative spelling is used, according to The Fix.
“Womxn removes the sequences of m-a-n and/or m-e-n from the term ‘woman/in’ that sheds light on the prejudice, discrimination, and institutional barriers womxn have faced, but to also show that womxn are not a subcategory of men, while providing active resistance to transphobia to include transwomen, trans*femme, and other gender non-conforming womxn,” University of Iowa’s Women’s Resource and Action Center operations coordinator Simone Fernandes said, The Fix reported.
Woman spelled with the ‘x’ is more inclusive than spelled with the ‘y,’ however, according to UC Davis undergraduate supervisor Anya Gibson. That is because the ‘x’ is supposed to be more inclusive to transgender people, according to The Fix.
Women-affiliated groups have been, in recent years, trying to be more inclusive to those who identify as women. Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, for example, revised its policy to open admissions for to students not born as girls, “but identify or live as women.” A Barnard College class was also called out for not being inclusive enough for transgender individuals in October 2018.
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