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Fri Feb 8, 2019, 06:37 PM

Why Period Activists Think The 'Drop Of Blood' Emoji Is A Huge Win



The red drop of blood (left) was designated as an official emoji to symbolize menstruation, among other things, this year. The design at right, submitted in 2017, was not accepted.
Unicode; Plan International UK

February 8, 20191:57 PM ET

When Mashiyat Rahman, 22, texts her friends about her period, she sends them the "crying" emoji to describe her mood, the "knife" emoji to describe painful cramps and the "sweat" emoji — which looks like water droplets — to illustrate a heavy flow.

But there's never been a specific emoji that she could use to represent menstruation — until now. The Unicode Consortium, the organization that decides which symbols get to be emojis, released its 2019 additions this week.

A "drop of blood" emoji has been added to the mix. According to Unicode, the symbol may be used to signify "menstruation" as well as "blood donations" and "medicine." It should be available on many smartphones in the second half of the year, Unicode said.

While many menstrual health activists are excited about the new emoji, some have reservations about the design.

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https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/02/08/692481425/why-period-activists-think-the-drop-of-blood-emoji-is-a-huge-win

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RCW2014 Feb 8 OP
Grebbid Feb 8 #1
Da Mannn Feb 8 #2
His Daughter Feb 8 #3
Nostrings Feb 8 #4
RCW2014 Feb 8 #5
orson Feb 8 #6
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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 06:38 PM

1. How did I KNOW this was a NPR piece?

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 06:44 PM

2. They might think it makes a great point, BUT you know what it will be used for...

it will come to mean, "She is on the rag."

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 06:47 PM

3. The blood drop was also a KKK symbol

Found on the "Blood Cross", it was sometimes used by itself. It is normally of the curved variety. That said, I can easily see the straight blood drop being used once it is widely available.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 06:48 PM

4. I guess they need a 'boner' one for men, since thats what our special parts do.

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Response to Nostrings (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 07:36 PM

5. The Amazon logo would work...



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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 07:37 PM

6. The world gets weirder every day

I'm thinking the end is near.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2019, 07:49 PM

7. Mashiyat Rahman 22, needs to stop talking about her woman plumbing and get a healthy outdoor hobby.

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