Tammy Baldwin

Embracing "mylk" over "milk"

Embracing "mylk" over "milk"

In the 1970s, a small group of feminists dusted off an obscure Old English word and disrupted the patriarchy in the process. By replacing the offending "e" with an empowering "y" in the word "women," the founders of the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival took a stand against prevailing gender norms, sending the message that language is power, that words contain meaning both hidden and intended, and that even a single letter can be significant. "Womyn" remains in use to this day to signify an expression of female autonomy and a rejection of patriarchal linguistic norms.

Animal and environmental advocacy groups today are faced with a similar...

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