Today is World Emoji Day which is considered to be an unofficial holiday. This 17th July is deemed a “global celebration of emoji and is celebrated with emoji events and product releases. It has been celebrated annually since 2014. according to the NBC report, the day was Twitter’s top trending item on July 17 in 2015.
Emojis are another means of communication. It has been regarded as the language of teenagers and tinder dates, but these days, everyone despite ages and genders technologically uses them. A very short way of communication via emojis grown in popularity, they’ve also expanded in scope. But, now what the question comes most related to regarding a period emoji which is still missing from our keyboards.
In recent years, we’ve been gifted with a plethora of emojis to encompass different aspects of our lives even have a poop emoji, yet no period emoji?
In a Facebook post, Plan International Australia said that it has created five potential designs: a calendar dotted with blood, three expressive drops of blood, a uterus, blood-stained underwear, and a pad streaked with blood. (The cartoons might sound a little gory, but they’re actually as adorable as any other emoji.) Supporters of the campaign can vote on their favorite design, and the winning emoji will be submitted to the Unicode Consortium for consideration for next year’s keyboard.
“To challenge the stigma associated with menstruation that affects girls and women around the globe, we’re inviting you to vote on a design for a period emoji. The winning design will be presented to Unicode Consortium (the body that manages all emojis), asking them to add it to keyboards worldwide. To cast your vote, hover over the ‘Like’ option and click the reaction that corresponds with the emoji you want to win! VOTING NOW closes June 6, 2017.”
The organisation’s CEO, Susanne Legena told Pedestrian.tv that adding a period emoji will take away the negative stigma associated with the perfectly natural act of getting our periods. “Every month, hundreds of millions of women and girls around Australia menstruate,” she said. “The average woman menstruates for 3000 days during her lifetime. It’s a normal biological process, but there is still this strange belief, even here in Australia, that menstruation is secret women’s business. We suffer our periods of silence and hide our pads and tampons away as if they were contraband. Even though at least 800 million women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 are menstruating right now, there isn’t a single emoji to represent periods. Isn’t it ridiculous that there’s a long nose goblin emoji and a floppy disc emoji, but no period emoji? We want people to change that by voting for their favourite period emoji design which we will then present to the Unicode Consortium in California.”
The charity has created five designs and people can vote for their fave emoji. The most-voted emoji will be submitted to the Unicode Consortium (AKA the emoji committee) to decide if it will go ahead. By creating a period emoji, Plan International intends to take on the shame surrounding menstruation. “It’s time the conversation was made easier,” wrote the nonprofit on its website.