The Womxn’s Center for Excellence at the University of California, Irvine, recently issued detailed guidance about the most inclusive way to pronounce “womxn.”
The resource center explained on its website that it uses the woke term for a woman because it “acknowledges that gender identity exists in a sphere and one word has room for multiple gender expressions without weighing one more important than another.”
- The group also addressed objections to the word, including that its common pronunciation may leave blind people unable to tell whether or not they are dealing with an LGBT “ally.”
- “Most pronounce it like they are saying woman or women, but spell the singular and plural with the ‘x.’ However, this raises the question if that actually is truly inclusive; members of the blind community may be left out if there is no audible way for them to hear this distinction,” per the site.
- “Others prefer to say it as wom-inx or woma/en-x, or wom-ux. These ways can bring attention to womxn when talking verbally to someone about and opens up more dialogue about linguistics.”