Goldsmiths SU and King’s College Now Referring to Women as ‘Womxn’…


In a bid to become ‘more inclusive’, the Students’ Union at Goldsmiths University have started referring to women as ‘womxn’. Following suit, some societies across the city at King’s College London have changed their name.


All publications and communications from the Students’ Union at Goldsmiths University now refer to women as ‘womxn’. The last event to have included ‘women’ in the title was October 12th. Around six weeks later, and there is no sign of the word ‘women’ anywhere!


A spokeswoman (or spokeswomxn) for the Students’ Union at Goldsmiths University suggested the word ‘Womxn’ was being used to demonstrate a commitment to inclusiveness.


Some areas at King’s College London have followed suit, with some societies being renamed.




Some suggest that the word ‘woman’ is non-inclusive, with some feminists suggesting the word indicates women are reliant upon males. Some have also suggested the change is more inclusive of those who identify as transgender.


However, many have been left bemused with the decision. Pronunciations, common sense and other concerns have been raised. In a world affected by war and poverty on a wide scale, it is debatable how important an issue this is.



So what actually does ‘womxn’ mean? Well, there is very little in the way of an official definition. However, the Urban Dictionary defines it as ‘a spelling of “women” that is a more progressive term that not only sheds light on the prejudice, discrimination and institutional barriers womxn have faced, but to also show that womxn zre not the extension of men but their own free and separate entities’.




An interesting development. As with many announcements of this nature, there has been a polarised response. It remains to be seen if this will continue, or if other Universities will opt for the same move, or if this is just a short-term move.







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