Womxn - to the untrained eye it may look like a typo. But when the Wellcome Collection - a museum and library in London - sent a tweet promoting an event using the word it led to a Twitter backlash from hundreds of women, and an apology from the organisation. Like women, womxn refers to females, but it is an attempt to get away from patriarchal language. Dr Clara Bradbury-Rance, fellow at King's College London, said the spelling "stems from a longstanding objection to the word woman as it comes from man, and the linguistic routes of the word mean that it really does come from the word man". The word is also supposed to be inclusive of trans women, and some non-binary people.
Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Twitch, a leading live streaming service that's popular with gamers and content creators, has retracted a well-intentioned campaign that was meant to be inclusive. On Monday, the digital company kicked off Women's History Month by spelling the word women with an "x" instead of an "e," and launching an alliance that catered to this group – which has historically been underrepresented, according to Twitch and other industry insiders. "March is Womxn's History Month," Twitch's Twitter account posted on March 1 in a now deleted tweet.
APPLY to attend our AMAZING Intro 2 ML event! The world is aflutter with the prospects of machine learning, AI and data. All talk of the 4th industrial revolution calls for digital transformation. But, if that transformation is led by a non-diverse group, we face a dystopian future. To sow the seeds of diversity within the field of machine learning, we're here to present a one-day Introduction to Machine Learning workshop for Womxn, by Womxn.
This post is part of Outward, Slate's home for coverage of LGBTQ life, thought, and culture. A few weeks ago, a copy of Judy Chicago's 1979 book The Dinner Party: A Story of Our Heritage arrived on my doorstep. The tome explains Chicago's iconic artwork of the same name, a sprawling, triangular tribute to hundreds of female figures throughout human history and mythology. The exhibit, which starts with a place for the "Primordial Goddess" and ends at one for Georgia O'Keeffe, revels in vaginal imagery, domestic arts, and the role of women in Earth's creation. The book had been shipped to me by my mother, who had never seen the work before and adored it, listening with awe as I explained who Artemisia Gentileschi and Hildegard of Bingen were on a dreary Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum.