The word women is being replaced with “womxn” by two London student groups so their communications will be more inclusive, as the words ‘woman’ and ‘women’ because they have been deemed ‘offensive’ and include the word ‘man’.
King’s College London’s Womxn in Physics Society is one organisation using the term in its moniker. While Goldsmiths Students’ Union has also adopted the new spelling when referring to sports teams.
A spokeswoman for the Goldsmiths Student Union, speaking to the Daily Mail, said: “Womxn is used to demonstrate our commitment to inclusiveness. No student has complained about its use.”
In the seventies, feminist movements adopted the word “womyn” – to step away from having the word man in the word woman.
According to a website called the “Womyn’s Centre”, this is was because woman referred to being “of man” and groups wanted to get away from the connotation.