Is The “X-Men” Name Sexist?

What’s in a name? In this cupcake culture we live in today where anything you do or say is offensive, one of Marvel Comics’ most famous properties is being targeted as being “sexist.”

Marvel producer Victoria Alonso has suggested that the ‘X-Men’ is “outdated” given the gender bias it implies.

The producer has worked on some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s biggest titles, including the recently-released Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame.

In an interview with Nuke The Fridge, Alonso had this to say:

“I don’t know where the future is going,” she told Nuke the Fridge. “It’s funny that people call it the X-Men, there’s a lot of female superheroes in that X-Men group, so I think it’s outdated.”

She added: “I don’t know where it’s going to go. We’ll see. They just now have joined. They have a movie [Dark Phoenix] coming out soon, which under that banner is their last film. So, we’ll see what time will tell.”

So what would you suggest Alonso? X-People. Or how about X-Them, so that way we cover all our bases with and don’t offend any of the new numerous sexes that have popped up over the past year or so. In fact while we are at it, let’s change other potential offensive names. Like Star Wars. Let’s call it “Celestial Debate.”

It’s a brand Alonso, it wasn’t made with the intent to leave a certain group of people out. If you actually knew what you were talking about (which she clearly doesn’t.) the X-Men is all about inclusion. So to say the name is sexist or outdated just shows Alonso’s dangerous rhetoric, whether it was supposed to be taken seriously or as a joke is not only divisive, its unprofessional.

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