Should we change woman to ‘womxn’ to be more inclusive?

Few universities in London proposed to change woman to ‘womxn’. Voice of London tested reaction.

“What does the X stand for, and do people really understand the message behind it?” Asked Carl Timehin, a Student Union representative of the University of Westminster.

Student at two London universities have changed the way of spelling woman/women to ‘womxn’ to be more inclusive. The Voice of London asks students about their opinions on it.

At Goldsmiths College, University of London, its Student Union has adopted the spelling in its publications and social media accounts. The word ‘womxn’ has been used throughout the last two weeks to promote events such as ‘Womxn’s Netball’.

A spokeswoman for the Goldsmiths Student Union told London Evening Standard: “Womxn is used to demonstrate our commitment to inclusiveness. No student has complained about its use. ”

Womxn in Physics Society at King’s College London is also using the word. The society was founded “to raise awareness and try and think of alternative ways to combat the gender inequality faced in Physics.”

Interestingly, King’s College London has two physics societies, one is called KCL Women in Physics and the other is Womxn in Physics.

The Womxn in Physics Society at King’s College London did not reply to CNN for its request for comments.

The public reacts heavily on the use about the term.

Voice of London has done a street vox pop, click below to hear more.

Ho Yu, a recent graduate from King’s College London and is currently works in magazine industry, told Voice of London: “Name is just something for you to pronounce. Changing to X can be individual, original. ”

Highlighting a few university students’ uses of the word, Niklas, a postgraduate student at the London School of Economics, told Voice of London: “You could also interpret it another way round – why is the word man associate with the word woman? ”.

“If I see it on social media, I would just be confused.”

Timehin added: “I don’t think an X will have a real impact. What is the meaning and the significant of an X, why can’t they choose another alpha letter? ”

The word ‘womxn’ on Urban Dictionary is explained as “a spelling of ‘women’ that is a more inclusive, progressive term that not only sheds light on the prejudice, discrimination, and institutional barriers womxn have faced, but to also show that womxn are not the extension of men but their own free and separate entities.”

Historically, ‘womyn’ and alternative spellings of “woman” has been associated with nonstandard spelling for speech and regional dialects.

Photo credit: Min Zhu

Words: Min Zhu | Subbing: Leyi Chen

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