02 Junio 2017 14:54
'Isn’t it ridiculous that there’s a long nose goblin emoji and a floppy disc emoji, but no period emoji?'
While we're still waiting for someone to find a rational explanation as to why Mother Nature, God or the Illuminati decided that the period had to be a monthly trial of blood, pain and tears, at least we can try and make the ordeal as bearable as possible.
How? The same way we've always done it: by lying in the foetal position and refusing to see anyone until it's all over. Because, frankly, when you're being visited by Aunt Flo, the last thing you want to do is talk to people and answer 450 messages in WhatsApp groups that you'd love to leave but you don't have the ovaries.
To make our lives a little easier at such trying times, we desperately need a period emoji. A little illustration that can speed up our chatting and texting so we can get back to lying in the foetal position and staring into space without being distracted from worrying about contracting toxic shock syndrome.
To put an end to this injustice, the NGO Plan International has launched a campaign to petition for the creation of an official period emoji. The group has presented five possible designs, and you can vote for your favourite on this post on their Facebook Page.
'To challenge the stigma associated with menstruation that affects girls and women around the globe, we're inviting you to vote on a design for a period emoji. The winning design will be presented to Unicode Consortium (the body that manages all emojis), asking them to add it to keyboards worldwide. To cast your vote, hover over the "Like" option and click the reaction that corresponds with the emoji you want to win! Voting closes June 2nd, 2017.'
Susanne Legena, CEO of Plan International Australia believes that the emoji is a global language and that a campaign is needed to smash the stigma surrounding menstruation and make it more widely accepted. 'Even though at least 800 million women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 are menstruating right now, there isn’t a single emoji to represent periods. Isn’t it ridiculous that there’s a long nose goblin emoji and a floppy disc emoji, but no period emoji?' says Legena.