First of all, the new emoji is a drop of blood.
There's no "period" or "menstruation" in "a drop of blood".
It can represent many things, including periods, but not exclusively.
Let me give you four examples of why this icon is the worst possible icon imaginable for periods.
Image: The new "period" emoji. Source Plan International UK.
Image: The period pants design initially proposed by Plan International UK.
Plan International UK is a children’s charity. They strive to advance children’s rights and equality for girls all over the world.
FAIL #1: Vampires
Image: A bloodthirsty vampire.
Larry swipes through the list of emojis on his phone because he wants to send a cool text to his buddies Tim and Fred.
He notices there's a bunch of new emojis that weren't there the day before.
Without giving it too much thought, he sees the "red drop" and thinks to himself:
"Cool, a drop of blood — now I can let everyone know when I'm on my nightshifts as a blood-sucking vampire!".
And then he carries on with his text to his friends.
FAIL #2: Road Signs
Image: An unambiguous road sign.
Imagine if road signs were ambiguous.
Car accidents would skyrocket.
The point being that symbols or icons should be as easily understood as possible by humans and they should represent what they were meant for.
Clearly, the "period" emoji fails horribly in this category.
FAIL #3: Taboos
Wasn't this one of the main goals of the new "period" emoji?
Also a major fail.
Because it's not a period emoji! 🤦
FAIL #4: And Lastly — This Will Blow Your Mind! 🤯
The "period" emoji is not even a period emoji at all!
Take a look at the emoji chart below and notice that there is no such thing as a period emoji.
It' simply a "drop of blood" under the "Medical" category with three keywords:
"blood donation", "medicine" and "menstruation".
The word menstruation is there alright.
But what about "transfusion"?
And "blood-sucking vampires"?
Why aren't those on that list?
And more importantly; why can't they have their own dedicated emoji?!
(Yeah, I know! 🧛🧛🧛)
Image: Excerpt of the unicode.org updated emoji chart for 2019.
But Why so Grumpy, It's Just an Emoji!?
Because when the 54600 people who voted for the "period pants"-emoji as their favorite get ran over like that (+ the rest of the 4 billion human females on this planet), it makes me mad!
Grumpy the cat-mad! ⬇️
Image: Grumpy cat really pissed off about the new "period" emoji.
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