TEDxLondon Sparks Backlash by Coining ‘Womxn’ as a “More Inclusive” Term for Women

The London-based Ted talk franchise is facing harsh criticism after using the term ‘womxn’ as a “progressive” spelling of women that is inclusive to non-cisgender women.  

The organization announced their upcoming female centric event TEDxLondonWomxn on Twitter Friday. When one user asked what a ‘womxn’ was, organizers responded the word ‘womxn’ was not a typo.  

Aside from blatantly endorsing a term that evokes direct association with the TEDx brand, the independent idea sharers are promoting ‘womxn’ as a word that “sheds light on the prejudice, discrimination, and institutional barriers womxn have faced.” 

TEDxLondon also claims that ‘womxn’ is “more inclusive and progressive,” and is distinct from its predecessor because the term “explicitly includes non-cisgender women.”     

 

 

Both women and non-cisgender women alike have taken to social media to call out TEDxLondon for trying to coin the term, which has been labeled misogynistic and offensive.

One woman who is not a womxn, tweeted: “I’m a woman, I’m not a womxn, I’m not a cis female or an individual with a cervix, I’m a WOMAN and I’m proud of it.”

@bindelj pointed out: “If offensive inclusivity dictates that women are now ‘womxn’ – then men must be ‘mxn.’

Another said the term “is like the pinnacle of progressivism turning around and hurting the very thing that it was trying to protect.”

@literllysofie tweeted: “since y’all wanna be “inclusive” of trans women by using dumb words like “womxn” I have now decided that all british women are now called w£men. Please support w£men in their historical struggle.”

When a user questioned if trans women would rather be called ‘women’ or ‘womxn,’ @IckyVickyEww replied, “Dude id rather be misgendered and called a guy over being called a “womxn.”  

@hotcheetopunk stated: “If a cis person calls me womxn I will punch them in the face.”

Another hilariously wrote, “I type out womxn not because I’m progressive but because I misspell things.”

Lesbian pop culture website AfterEllen tweeted: “We will NEVER use the words “womxn” or “cis” or any other derogatory, insulting, abusive terms directed at females. Women are women.”

 

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Connie S Eggen
Connie S Eggen
11 days ago

More cutesy crap that is unwarranted…what is wrong with the tried and true term WOMAN or WOMEN, which we are…I am not a Womxn!

Snaps
Snaps
11 days ago
Reply to  Connie S Eggen

Also, it’s unpronounceable. And there is no such thing as a variation on woman. You’re either a woman or a man, or a man who has turned himself into a freak, but is still fundamentally a man, as testified to by his DNA.

Larry Larson
Larry Larson
11 days ago

If it weren’t so pathetic, it would be a joke.

Rob
Rob
11 days ago

We need to put an end to this nonsense. It’s not progressive, it’s not cute, it’s a race to see who can be the most insane.

There are two sexes. Male and Female. Deal with it.
Crazy people are crazy. Don’t encourage them, it’s not healthy. Don’t change your sex. Be what you were born as. Life really isn’t better as the other sex. You still have the same old problems you’ve always had.

wcapurro
wcapurro
11 days ago

I wonder if TED-X London ever considered the word Arrogance.

D MacKAY
D MacKAY
11 days ago

There are prosecutions for Racism
There needs to be a charges for Mysogenism, Coprorate Mysogenism, and Instritutional Mysoginism. We can start wiht Prsecuting TEDx, and move onto Islam and then the rest

Allan
Allan
11 days ago

Hmmmm, womxn…
but the ‘w’ is discriminitory, so it should be xomxn.
and that other vowel is no good so it has to be xxmxn.

the ‘m’ is too much like ‘men’, sio that has to go. xxxxn.
The the ‘n’ is an irregular plural, and we can’t have that, can we, so it’ MUST be xxxxx.

There we are, now the inclusive word for all females is totally clear.

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