The Wellcome Collection, a museum and library in London, has caused consternation by using the word womxn instead of women in a Twitter message promoting one of its events.

It said it was using the mutant spelling because ‘we feel that it is important to create a space/venue that includes diverse perspectives’. No, me neither.

The BBC quotes Dr Clara Bradbury-Rance, fellow of King’s College London, as saying the spelling ‘stems from a longstanding objection to the word woman as it comes from man, and the linguistic roots of the word mean that it really does come from the word man’.

It adds: ‘The word is also supposed to be inclusive of trans women, and some non-binary people.

‘But how is it pronounced? “I’ve heard womxn pronounced in lots of different ways. I’ve heard some pronounce it ‘wo-minx’,” Dr Bradbury-Rance says.’

One can only wonder, have these strangx pxople got nothing bxtter to do with their timx?

And how can Dr Clara allow herself to be described with such a masculine title? Fellow? King’s College? Time, surely, to give the patriarchy a kick in the txsticles.

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