Women or 'womxn'? Students adopt inclusive language

The student union at Goldsmiths, University of London, has adopted the term "womxn."

London (CNN)In the latest example of the growing use of inclusive language, designed to avoid excluding particular groups of people, some university groups in the United Kingdom have started using the term "womxn" rather than "women" in official communications.

The student union at Goldsmiths, University of London, and a student society at King's College London have introduced the alternative spelling, though confusion abounds over how to pronounce the word.
Goldsmiths student union social media posts include invitations to a "Womxn's Basketball Session" and the "Adidas Womxn's Fun Run," while the KCL Womxn in Physics society uses inclusive language on social media and its website.
    The scientific society aims to "address the issue of underrepresentation of womxn in the physics department at King's College London," reads its website.
    "Womxn is a more inclusive term which promotes intersectionality," reads another page at the site.
    Intersectionality refers to the overlap of different kinds of discrimination based on, for instance, sex, race, class, sexuality and ability, according to the Merriam Webster dictionary, which added the word in April 2017.
    As a result, "womxn" is designed to be more inclusive of all kinds of women, including trans women.
    "Womxn is used to demonstrate our commitment to inclusiveness," Goldsmiths student union told CNN in an email statement. "No student has complained about its use."
    KCL's Womxn in Physics Society has not responded to CNN requests for comment.

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