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I have seen this in siggies and in posts? Why womyn with a Y?<br><br>
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Because some women feel that the spelling is making them less then men. Weird if you ask me. We're all hu<b>man</b>!
 

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I'm not sure, but maybe so that the word woman won't have the word "man" in it? Probably since it seems to be a feminist thing. BUt again, I don't really know.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> The spelling even has its own wiki page: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Womyn" target="_blank">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Womyn</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Because some women feel that the spelling is making them less then men. Not quite sane if you ask me. We're all hu<b>man</b>!</div>
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Good ol' wiki, i should have known <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
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Until it was explained otherwise, I always thought "Woman" was like a man, but with more "Woah!" I never saw anything derogatory in the name.
 

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humyn<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Until it was explained otherwise, I always thought "Woman" was like a man, but with more "Woah!" I never saw anything derogatory in the name.</div>
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Hey, that's a great way to think about it! Why jump straight to the negative and make it a bad thing right? I mean, it's not like we're called en. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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The womyn thing has always really irritated me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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If that's what some people wish to be called, why not? I don't see how it's insulting. It may even be a valuable added descriptor, since generally if someone refers to themselves as that or uses it constantly, that's a strong indication of their beliefs, and gives you an indication of their worldview.<br><br>
Not a bad thing, in the interest of more info=better communication, at least in my opinion.
 

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It's totally not my thing. To each their own. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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alot of pagan women use it. because alot of things just pertaintaing to women have the the word man or men in it including <span>men</span>struation, <span>men</span>apause etc.. why do all of these have the word men in them when men don't even get these
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It's totally not my thing. To each their own. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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Amyn, sistah!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">alot of pagan women use it. because alot of things just pertaintaing to women have the the word man or men in it including <span>men</span>struation, <span>men</span>apause etc.. why do all of these have the word men in them when men don't even get these</div>
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Actually, the men there means month in Greek, has nothing to do with human men. <a href="http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictionary/DictionaryResults.aspx?refid=1861678699" target="_blank">http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/featur...fid=1861678699</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">alot of pagan women use it. because alot of things just pertaintaing to women have the the word man or men in it including <span>men</span>struation, <span>men</span>apause etc.. why do all of these have the word men in them when men don't even get these</div>
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The "men" in those words come from the word MOON.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Because some women feel that the spelling is making them less then men. Weird if you ask me. We're all hu<b>man</b>!</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">The womyn thing has always really irritated me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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I've always viewed the "wo" in woman as the feminine version of mankind. Man is masculine, wo is feminine, and mankind is everyone. I don't see the big deal with woman, to each their own.
 

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It's got nothing to do with gender and everything to do with an improper understanding of etymology. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Wikipedia summed up my views quite well:<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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"Womban" is also way cool. I may adopt that too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> ... although the more I look at it the more I think it ought to be pronounced "Wom-Ban" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"> !
 
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