Twitch to start calling women “slags” to make amends after “womxn” backlash


The online streaming giant, Twitch, has announced that they are updating their platform’s language policy to replace the word woman with the word “slag,” starting later this week. The move comes shortly after the company had to backstep over a faux pas when they announced they would replace the word woman with “womxn,” a move that received major criticism from the transgender and LGBTQ+ community whom the word was designed to acknowledge and just about everyone else. 

The term “womxn,” or “womyn,” has become popular in some communities as a substitute for “woman” with the intent of adapting the modern English lexicon to be more inclusive of female-identifying individuals. The term, however, is controversial with many in the LGBTQ+ community as they feel it reinforces the attitude that trans women aren’t considered real women. 

Twitch released an apology after their stumble, “we want to assure you that we have, and will continue to, work with the LGBTQIA+ [pretty sure we’ve covered our bases here] community. We’re still learning [that we quite literally have no idea what we’re doing].

Our good intentions don’t always equate to positive impact, but we’re committed to growing from these experiences, doing better, and ensuring we’re inclusive to all,” concluded their apology.

So it came as a surprise when Twitch responded to the critical feedback by doubling down on their premise to remove the word “women” from their platform vernacular and have now announced that they will be pursuing “slag(s)” as their official surrogate. In a statement, the company explained their decision was based on a series of mathematical models which derive popularity of certain verbiage.

“We tried to adapt the word ‘women’ on our platform mainly to score some brownie points, because y’know those are really important, especially these days, but it turns out we made a mistake and tried the wrong thing. It turns out neither trans women nor cisgender women want to be called ‘womxn’, so it’s kind of a split vote situation. It also turns out that men don’t want to call women ‘womxn,’ go figure. 

Using some advanced machine learning based algorithms we revisited the question and established that ‘slags’ was going to be the most popular replacement for the word women. Unlike most of the alternatives, it became clear that while women were always going to have diverging opinions on the question, the word ‘slag’ is one that all men could get behind. So yeah, we went with that.”

Unsurprisingly, the Amazon-owned company has now again come under criticism. In vernacular English the term ‘slag’ is recognized as a pejorative to denote a woman who sleeps around and also someone you just don’t like. Critics say that this is exemplary of the culture cultivated by a platform occupied primarily by incel gamers and pussy-grabbing DJs. 

Despite this latest controversy, however, there is still some dissent from within feminist circles. Many argue that considering women are often referred to as snatch, gash, clunge, pussy, bitches, whores, and ratchet, the term ‘slag’ really isn’t all that bad.

This just goes to show, you can’t paint all slags with one brush. 

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