WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The updated 2019 list of Emojis that have been released by Unicode included a small penis via a pinching finger gesture, and period emoji represented by a drop of blood.
- The Pinching Hand gesture that comes with adjustable skin tones and new hair colors became gender inclusive in 2017 and raised women’s representation as well.
- The two new emojis are among the 234 texting options that will soon be used in phones this year; so far reactions from Twitter users were positive.
Just when you thought there’s an emoji for nearly everything, a small penis and menstruation now have their own Emojis. They are among the 230 new texting symbols in the newly released 2019 list of Emojis.
Soon to hit phones this year, the updated list includes a ‘tiny penis’ emoji, represented by a pinching fingers gesture, while internet culture uses a drop of blood to represent menstruation.
The announcement was made on Tuesday by Unicode Consortium, a group that aids in creating open standards so people can use computers across the globe.
The update marks the sixth time since 2014 that a major emoji update was made. As of date, the total number of emojis is 3,053.
As expected, various reactions flooded Twitter over the new texting options. One of them included Twitter user @yahya_official2 who wrote, “Finally an emoji to describe the size of my Attention span.”
Another is @ArtOfWinters who praised the drop of blood emoji saying, “The real question is why not? period blood is the best emoji ever!”
Starting in April, updates will begin and continue through the end of the year, says Emojipedia.
It is likely that the Pinching Hand that comes with adjustable skin tones will dominate group texts and Tinder accounts everywhere.
Unicode Standard added the Skin tone support in 2015 which boosted women representation in 2016. In 2017, it became gender inclusive and new hair colors were eventually added in 2018.
When Plan International UK charity led a campaign to help eliminate the stigma surrounding periods, the Drop of Blood emoji was added after 55,000 people called for a period emoji to be included in the global emoji keyboard.
As a result of last year’s collaboration with the American Council of the Blind, the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, and the National Association of the Deaf, Apple proposed a dozen emojis representing members of the deaf and blind communities as well as people with disabilities which were also included in the updated list. The characters showed people in manual and mechanized wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, and service dogs.
Source: USA Today