Brief Overview(s)…

Ni santas, ni putas, solo mujeres.

"Neither saints, nor sluts, just women."

You may be asking yourself why “womyn” is spelled as it is. Allow me to explain.

Thought to have first appeared in the early 1970s, the word “womyn,” most widely used within feminist literature was presented as a variation to the spelling of the word woman. It has continued to be used as an expression of female independence. defines it as “an alternative spelling to avoid the suggestion of sexism perceived in the sequence m-e-n.”  There are other alternative spellings to the word woman, including: wimmin, wom!n, and womban.

This brings me to my next topic of brief overview: feminism. The word feminist, when proclaimed by a womyn, is usually met with the misconception of a bitter, lesbian, man- hater. False.  Feminists come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and orientations. Men can be feminists too!

As described by the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, feminism is an “intellectual commitment and a political movement that seeks justice for women and the end of sexism in all forms.” Feminism deals with a variety of topics: popular culture, human rights, the body, sex work, race and racism, sexuality, class and work, etc.

There isn’t much of an agreement on when feminism started. As a sort of political movement, it is said that feminism links to women’s activism from the late 19th century in the United States and Europe. Countries and people hold different beliefs for when feminism started, or if such a date exists, being that feminism can manifest in various ways that may not be documented in history. Many think to separate feminism into either a political movement or a belief but I believe it is both. In my opinion, feminism is a anti- sexism movement and a belief that seeks to achieve social justice and liberate womyn from oppression.

I hope these brief overviews gave you a clue of what to expect from this blog. Comments and questions are appreciated.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Amy
    Oct 14, 2011 @ 09:24:58

    Great introduction. I think people will understand the term “womyn” and feminism better from your description.


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