New Period Emoji?

Well, sort of… and it’s about damn time! While it’s not a tampon, menstrual pad, or pair of period underwear, we are finally getting a period emoji… kinda. The new period emoji is officially “drop of blood” and is the result of some hard work and strategic teaming up by Plan International UK, a children’s charity that strives to advance children’s rights and equality for girls all over the world. They have been petitioning Unicode Consortium (the official emoji people) to include a period emoji since 2017. Unfortunately the period underwear emoji they submitted (seen right)wasn’t accepted, but then they got the genius idea to team up with NHS Blood and Transplant to submit a new proposal —a simple drop of blood. Their efforts paid off and the new emoji has been accepted and approved for release this year. While it’s just a blood drop, it is a step in the right direction and a welcome addition to what could arguably be considered one of the most broadly understood languages in the world.

Original Submission
Approved "Drop of Blood" Emoji

Are you happy with the addition or do you feel that the Unicode Consortium could have done more? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

2 Comments

  • There’s nothing wrong with the emoji but I think they could have done more.

    To me, the first impression was, “a drop of blood”.

    I would probably never have guessed that it was “the new emoji for period”.

    To be honest this makes me a bit mad because the one that was submitted is ten times better. You don’t even have to think. And that’s how ANY symbol/emoji should be.

    Imagine if road signs where ambiguous!

    So, I think the unicorn consortium should make a statement about why THEIR emoji is so much better!

    Greetings from Malmö, Sweden.

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