Twitch have found themselves in the firing line yet again after posting a controversial video on Twitter in an attempt to ‘celebrate women’.
It didn’t take long for Twitch to find them self on the hit list after their chosen choice of words on Twitter recently. The streaming platform released a blog post and also posted a Tweet in celebration of Women’s History Month. The Tweet read “March is Womxn’s History Month” and urged users to celebrate other “womxn” creators.
The post seemingly blew up and with many users unhappy with the chosen language, however Twitch have now changed their decision and have announced that going forward they will be using the word “women”.
Shortly after they took to Twitter to say “While we originally wanted to use a word that acknowledges the shortcoming of gender-binary language, after hearing directly from you, including members of the LGBTQIA+ community on Twitch, we will be using the spelling “women” moving forward.”
They went on to say “We want to assure you that we have, and will continue to, work with the LGBTQIA+ community. We’re still learning. 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.”
We want to assure you that we have, and will continue to, work with the LGBTQIA+ community. We’re still learning. 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.— Twitch (@Twitch) March 2, 2021
It seems that the streaming platform used the word “womxn” instead of “women” as they tried to be more inclusive to non-binary and transgender individuals, however it seemed to rub many the wrong way as they took to the social media platform to share their views on the situation.
Just got caught up on this Womxn x Twitch thing— TKbreezy 🗣🎙 (@TKbreezy) March 1, 2021
Twitch why? I JUST had something good to say about y’all and this what y’all do? Its Women bruh. Women.
What the hell Twitch. I’ve never heard of the term “Womxn” before 30 minutes ago and almost immediately I knew it would be a term trying to single out trans woman in some way. There doesn’t need to be a term that separates them, that’s less inclusive…— Raine Yi🔞☢️Toxic? Slime💦【ENVTuber】 (@RaineYiVTube) March 1, 2021
Trans woman are woman
Quick suggestion…— Cohh Carnage (@CohhCarnage) March 1, 2021
The motive is solid. The direction is good. Take the tweet down, replace womxn with women and pop it back up.
Sometimes overly inclusive can lead to exclusive.
Twitch have now made changes to their blog post which also now uses the word “women”, you can check it out here.