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The term womyn is a pluralized, alternative word to describe or identify women. By replacing the -men suffix with a -myn suffix, the term womyn signifies a rejection of the focus on men, as well as the patriarchal presence in language and society. The term was first used in the 1970s, during the second-wave feminist movement. The second-wave feminist movement, which focused primarily on gender-based legal and cultural inequalities, lasted from the 1960s until the 1980s. During the second-wave feminist movement, the term womyn was used in certain feminist circles, particularly by radical feminists. Like the term womyn, radical feminism opposes patriarchy as a system of power that is seen to not only promote male supremacy but also oppress women. The term womyn has remained ...

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