Two universities in London have stopped using the word “woman” because it is not inclusive enough. They have adopted “womxn” as its replacement to “promote intersectionality.”
Students at Goldsmiths, University of London and King’s College have stopped using the word “woman” because it is not inclusive enough. In it’s place, students have begun to use the word “womxn,” which was created to “promote intersectionality.”
“We are opening up to the idea that binary conceptions of gender are unnecessarily rigid and don’t correspond to the self-image of a great many people and even that people’s sense of their gender may not correspond to their biological sex,” Columbia University Professor John McWhorter wrote about new words like “womxn.”
Despite some acceptance of these linguistic changes, some of those on the left are unimpressed by this latest brand of virtue signalling. Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birminham Yardley, trashed the new language policy in a tweet.
“I’ve never met a trans woman who was offended by the word woman being used, so I’m not sure why this keeps happening,” she wrote. “As if internet dissent now replaces public policy. I get what they are trying to do but why is it only women not men where this applies.”
I've never met a trans woman who was offended by the word woman being used, so I'm not sure why this keeps happening. As if internet dissent now replaces public policy. I get what they are trying to do but why is it only women not men where this applies. https://t.co/f0gC3J1q9p
— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) October 10, 2018
Earlier this year, a museum in London received complaints after it began using “womxn” instead of “woman” on their promotional material.
We invite challenges to our thinking and we listen to our audience, which is why we’ve taken the decision to remove the word womxn from our website and communications about the Daylighting event. We’re sorry that we made the wrong call. pic.twitter.com/0ukSBfQabA
— Wellcome Collection (@ExploreWellcome) October 10, 2018
“We agreed with our collaborators that we would use the word womxn in the context of this event, with the intention of being inclusive…We made a mistake, and we should not have used it,” the post read.
They eventually apologized for the use of “womxn” and removed its usage from their website.