Twitch backtracks after outcry for using ‘gender neutral’ term ‘womxn’

Streaming platform Twitch, that is especially popular with gamers, has backtracked on a new policy to change its spelling of “women” after criticism from transgender communities.

The company had said it would use the term “womxn” (with an X instead of an E) in order to be more gender neutral in its language.

But LGBT communities online called the change transphobic because it suggested trans women were not women.

Twitch tweeted, “We’re committed to growing from these experiences… and ensuring we’re inclusive to all.”

“Womxn” (with an X) has become a popular alternative word for people who say that the term “women” has patriarchal roots. Some believe the term is inclusive of trans women and some non-binary people, but that is contested.

It echoes the use of the word “Latinx” in some Spanish-speaking communities in an attempt to move away from the traditional use of genders in the language.


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