by Marja Erwin, fully updated
Since the 1970s, the term "born womyn" has been used to exclude trans
womyn, or to include other womyn and sometimes certain men, on the
grounds of biology, socialization and originality. However, if we
consider this more closely, I think it is clear that we are also born
womyn on all of these grounds.
I call myself womon because I understand my female existence in
relation to myself and my sisters, not in relation to male normativity.
A misogynistic society centers the male sex-class, reserving the
unmarked term, man, to the male sex-class and applying the marked term,
woman, to the female sex-class. A feminist response should decenter the