These Emojis Could Add Some Feminist Flair to Your Texting

by
Indrani Sengupta
Because representation leads to revolutions, feminist emojis could be an exciting new development.

For all their charm, emojis as they stand don’t necessarily cater to the needs of the modern, empowered woman.

Does the “dancing twins in bunny costumes” emoji speak to any of her daily hurdles, encounters, experiences?

Likely not.

But a Gloria Steinem emoji ? Always relevant: morning, noon, and night.

“Hey, I’m still in class.”

“Just finished my run.”

“Could you pick up some eggs?”

[Insert Gloria Steinem emoji as a symbol of the sheer force of your determination]

Gloria Steinem asks you to pick up eggs, you pick up eggs.

The “Femoji,” or feminist emoji, is the creation of aptly named digital/storytelling platform Makers. If made available to the average texter, femojis would add to the trend of growing diversity in the emoji-sphere with icons depicting influential women of today. From arts to politics, from science to sports, these women are the women you aspire to be.

The emoji alphabet of today limits its representation of women to brides, princesses, sexy dancers, and women overly concerned with their haircuts.

This may seem like nitpicking, until you compare with the male emojis.

Police officers. Construction workers. Men at work. Men in motion.

And if that still reads trivial to you, consider how the smallest things, the most trivial bits of media and representation, Impact individual behavior.

As Makers themselves put it, with brevity and precision:

“You have to see it to be it.”

If texting cartoon icons of Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes us anything more like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we’re in. 

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