• Would you use this emoji to describe your period? (bodyform)Source: bodyform
Would you use these emojis to describe your period? Over 4,000 people say they would.
By
Shami Sivasubramanian

10 Mar 2016 - 9:17 AM  UPDATED 10 Mar 2016 - 9:24 AM

A new change.org petition campaigning for period-themed emojis, or "femojis", has garnered over 4,000 signatures.

The campaign, launched by sanitary product manufacturer Bodyform, advocates for six new emojis to be added to the official Unicode keyboard.

The emojis are "bloated", "cramps", "pad", "period", "PMS", and "spotty" - all common symptoms and terms women use whilst on their period.

(via Bodyform)

By introducing these emojis, Bodyform hopes to lift the stigma surrounding menstruation and encourage more women to speak freely about their periods.

"We want to break down the taboos around periods," said Nicola Coronado, marketing director of Bodyform.

"There are currently 1,620 emojis on the Unicode keyboard, but for the important things in life, like our periods, there is no way to express ourselves in this new universal language," she said in an official statement.

Several people appear to be in support of the new emojis, as many women find need to use many emojis to express how they feel on their periods, when a single "femoji" would have sufficed.

However, some people were not afraid to share their dissent at the prospect of these new emojis.

 

Of course, nothing is confirmed. So we'll just have to wait and see whether Unicode takes these suggestions on board.

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