Who texts actual words anymore? Not us, and not many people either. Why would anyone text words, when there are so many emojis that express exactly how we’re feeling? That’s why we were so happy to see that emojis expanded from just including yellow people or white faces, but all shades of brownness. There is still one thing we couldn’t articulate into words, and that is “don’t bother me, I’m on my period” or “vegging for a week cause I’m on my period.” Now we won’t have to type out that dreaded word because a period emoji now exists!
The most beautiful thing about how the period emoji came to be is that Plan International UK, a children’s charity, made a petition supporting the use of a period emoji, and they won!
“The inclusion of an emoji which can express what 800 million women around the world are experiencing every month is a huge step towards normalizing periods and smashing the stigma which surrounds them,” the charity said in a statement. “For years we’ve obsessively silenced and euphemized 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. “An emoji isn’t going to solve this, but it can help change the conversation. Ending the shame around periods begins with talking about it.”
We cannot wait for this emoji to be on our phone, which should happen before the end of the year. While some people may already be sh*t talking the fact that there’s a period emoji, there are others who are happy about it.
Rachel Thompson tweeted: “The period emoji is officially happening. It might not seem like it’s a big deal, but it is. The stigma & shame surrounding menstruation can have a damaging effect on girls’ lives. An emoji won’t solve the issue, but it will start a conversation.” She is right on the money because it’s those same haters that need to open their minds and realize that periods aren’t something to see negatively but rather a natural part of life.
Now, all we need is our Frida pads and we are good to go!
The period emoji is officially happening. It might not seem like it's a big deal, but it is. The stigma & shame surrounding menstruation can have a damaging effect on girls' lives. An emoji won't solve the issue, but it will start a conversation https://t.co/hfBiPpf4wp @PlanUK pic.twitter.com/gjYYsjjn3L
— Rachel Thompson (@RVT9) February 6, 2019