Hmm: ‘Animated uterus emoji set’ made to benefit Planned Parenthood is missing a few moves

It’s not like Planned Parenthood had money troubles before. Of course they always bemoan how few clinics there are in large states, and then, with hundreds of thousands of dollars from the city, state, and borough, they build a$9 million “bright new world” in Queens. After Donald Trump was elected, though, someone out there thought Planned Parenthood needed money, ASAP. Contributions jumped, and private citizens and small businesses pitched in with sales of “Nasty Woman” T-shirts and movie tickets and “Trump Sucks” lollipops and on and on and on.

And then this happened:

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There is currently no emoji to represent periods. This campaign wants to change that.

Image: plan international 

There’s an emoji for just about everything, from tacos to tropical fish. But, we currently don’t have an emoji to describe our periods.

A new social media campaign wants to smash the stigma surrounding menstruation one emoji at a time.

Girls rights group, Plan International, launched a social media campaign on Sunday to include an official “period emoji” on the global emoji keyboard.

The charity has created five designs and people can vote for their favourite emoji. The winning design will be submitted to the Unicode Consortium, the governing organisation that standardises characters across devices.

Image: plan international

The emoji designs include a sanitary towel, a diagram of a uterus, a pair of period pants, a calendar and blood droplets.

Susanne Legena, Deputy CEO for Plan International in Australia says emoji is a global language and it makes sense to campaign for a way to visualise periods that can be used across cultures.

“Even though at least 800 million women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 are menstruating right now, there isnt a single emoji to represent periods. Isnt it ridiculous that theres a long nose goblin emoji and a floppy disc emoji, but no period emoji?” says Legena.

Legena says the organisation wants people to do something about it by voting for their favourite period emoji design so they can submit it to the official Unicode body.

To vote for your favourite period emoji, visit the
Plan Australia Facebook page.

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