Bleeding humans! Not only you will have cramps during your bloody week, but also a ‘period’ emoji to visualize exactly what’s going on. An emoji to celebrate the natural cycle in the female reproductive, in the hopes of ending the stigma (if you are an iPhone user). As for the Samsung gang, the word ‘P-E-R-I-O-D’ doesn’t do it justice, but there’s nothing we can do for the moment.
The new emoji symbolizing periods features a tiny red droplet of blood which will be coming to iPhones later this year. The emoji comes as a result of a campaign led by global women’s rights charity Plan International UK received support from over 55,000 people.
It all started after a survey of women aged 18 to 34 revealed that 47 % believed a period emoji would facilitate the conversations with female friends and partners related to periods.
Talking about the inclusion of the ‘period’ emoji, the head of girl’s rights and youth at Plan International UK, Lucy Russell believes that the ‘period’ emoji, which can express what 800 million women around the globe experiences every month, is an important step towards smashing the stigma which surrounds women.
For years we’ve obsessively silenced and euphemised periods. As experts in girls’ rights, we know that this has a negative impact on girls; girls feel embarrassed to talk about their periods, they’re missing out, and they can suffer health implications as a consequence.
According to Lucy, an emoji won’t be able to solve all the controversy about periods, but at least, it can help change the conversation’s flow and end the shame about them, adding:
And it makes total sense – the poo emoji is one of the most-used, and has definitely helped people talk more openly about normal bodily functions. In fact, one of the most popular toys at Christmas for children was a giant poo-shaped beanbag.
So, let the ‘period’ emoji follow the ‘poop’ emoji steps, and make everyone more open and courageous when dealing with debates like this.
We are thrilled to announce that we are actually getting a #PeriodEmoji!
— PlanInternational UK (@PlanUK) February 6, 2019
Bonus: Alongside the ‘period’ emoji, there will also be dozens of graphics illustrating disability and accessibility, including a hearing aid, prosthetic limbs, and people using mobility aids.