Am I really a woman-man?
I NO longer wish to be described as a man. From now on I’m a mxn.
No, this is not a typo. It’s a reaction statement. It’s a response to the news this week that Dr Clara Bradbury-rance, fellow at King’s College London, believes the word “woman” to be unfair.
She says the spelling of the word “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”.
Well, here’s the thing, if the “wo” part suggests “of man” the reality is that I and every other man come from woman. Does this mean men should really be called woman-man?
Yes, I know this is getting a bit complicated. But when the likes of Dr Bradbury-rance claim her new word is also supposed to be inclusive of trans women, and some non-binary people, doesn’t that complicate the issue even more?
Here’s the thing; call me anything you like. Use matriarchal language if you wish.
Just get the spelling right.