- Unicode approves final list of 37 new emoji characters coming to phones
- It says ‘pregnant men’ and ‘pregnant individuals’ are more gender inclusive options
- Men get pregnant in real life and in fiction, as in the 1994 film ‘Junior’, it claims
Two new emoji – ‘pregnant man’ and a gender neutral ‘pregnant person’ – are among those coming to smartphones later this year, it has been confirmed.
The Unicode Consortium, the central bank of all approved emoji, has officially signed off on candidates for the next emoji release, version 14.0.
Emojipedia, a voting member of the Unicode Consortium, says pregnant men and pregnant individuals believe that “pregnancy is possible for some transgender men and non-binary people”.
Like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1994 film “Junior,” Emojipedia claims that men become pregnant both in real life and in fiction.
Guidelines on using the term ‘pregnant person’ instead of ‘pregnant woman’, issued in 2017 by the British Medical Association in an effort to recognize trans and non-binary people, were called ‘disrespect to women’ at the time.
The ‘pregnant man’ and ‘pregnant person’ emoji can also be used as a tongue-in-cheek way to demonstrate a ‘baby eating, very full stomach due to eating a large meal’
Emoji Version 14.0 Highlights
– pregnant man
– pregnant person
– nest with eggs
– glass ball
– battery is low
Now, emoji users have taken to Twitter to share their displeasure towards the new ‘gender inclusive’ emoji.
twitter user @doggerinos said: ‘I can probably count on one hand the number of people who asked for a pregnant male emoji.
‘I’m not trying to hate trans people or anything, I’m just wondering who tf is gonna use this?!’
another user, @libertythought_Called the emoji and everyone who used it ‘idiots’.
During this, @ErnstRoets said: ‘Someone told me they were making an emoji of a pregnant man. I thought it was a joke, only to find out that it has to be released really soon.’
On the other end, @pibesson stated that a pregnant person emoji was ‘critically missing’ and that its lack has so far been ‘gross oversight’ from the Unicode Consortium.
Jen Solomon, Emojipedia’s ‘senior emoji lexicographer’, outlines new emoji in one go blog post The title is ‘Why is the pregnant male emoji?’
“The new pregnancy options may be used to represent those by trans men, non-binary people or women with short hair – although, of course, the use of these emoji is not limited to these groups,” she said.
Twitter user @doggerinos said: ‘I can probably count on one hand the number of people who asked for a pregnant male emoji’
Ernsteroets said that though he had a pregnant male emoji was just a joke. New pregnancy options could be used to represent trans men, non-binary people or women with short hair
‘Men can get pregnant. This applies to the real world (e.g., trans men) and to fictional universes (e.g., in Arnold Schwarzenegger. [1994 film] “Junior”.
‘People of any gender can also become pregnant. Now there are emoji to represent it.’
For now, Unicode is keeping the more traditional ‘pregnant woman’ emoji, which has been the emoji since 2016.
Danny DeVito, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emma Thompson appear from left in the 1994 film ‘Junior’
Amogpedia argues that men become pregnant in both real life and fiction, citing the film as an example.
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The task list for emoji is determined by the California-based Unicode Consortium.
Third parties may apply for support for the new emoji.
Candidates should work well in the shape of the emoji, give new meaning and appear in demand.
Existing emoji usage patterns are used to help guide new additions to the Unicode standard.
Solomon also said that the two new emoji could potentially be used as ‘a tongue-in-cheek way to demonstrate a feeding baby’, having a very full stomach caused by eating a large meal.
“Currently, emoji only reflect those assigned to the woman at birth in the role of pregnancy,” the proposal said at the time.
“If the emoji is designed to be as inclusive as possible, this emoji should represent its gender more vaguely.”
‘One’s gender does not determine one’s ability to care for children working in the home or in the market.’
All 37 new additions making up version 14.0 were originally detailed by Emojipedia ahead of World Emoji Day (July 17).
As well as ‘pregnant man’ and ‘pregnant person’, version 14.0 includes new variations of the distinctive rounded yellow face – melting face, saluting face, dotted line face and tear back face.
The ‘Version 14.0’ list of new emoji includes a motorcycle tyre, a slide, a disco ball, a troll with a club and several different versions of the crowned royal member, varying by skin colour.
The list also includes motorcycle tires, slides, disco balls, trolls with clubs, coral, kidney beans and low batteries.
Companies including Apple, Google and Microsoft apply stylized versions of the consortium’s designs to their own operating systems.
No release date has been confirmed for the emoji on different operating systems, but they are likely to be seen on all platforms by June 2022, with early support for some platforms later this year.
Emojipedia explains, ‘The designs shown here are Emojipedia sample images, just the way these emojis can appear.
From left: Melted face, face with open eyes and hands over mouth, face with sharp eyes, saluting face, face with dotted line, face with diagonal face and tears holding face. All emojis approved in September 2021
Emoji 14.0 should be rolled out next year after being approved by the Unicode Consortium this month
‘Actual vendor designs will vary…