New ‘inclusive’ pregnant man emoji to be launched on iphone and android
Emojis of a pregnant man and a pregnant person are expected to be coming to iPhones and Androids as part of a new update.
The icon is just one in a new range approved by The Unicode Consortium, a non-profit corporation in charge of suggesting emojis for worldwide use, which aims to show more diversity in gender options.
The new emojis will feature in the latest Emoji 14.0 updated which is expected to come out to platforms this year and roll on into 2022.
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The new designs are the latest in a move to make emojis more inclusive to people who do not identify as women, such as trans men or non-binary people, by offering a masculine and gender-neutral version of the original pregnant woman icon which was released in 2016.
The icons pending release comes shortly after the new guidelines from The British Medical Association which advises medical staff, including midwives, to refer to expecting patients as ‘pregnant people’ instead of ‘pregnant woman’ in order to be inclusive to those who choose not to identify as female.
The proposal to the Unicode Technical Committee reads: “Pregnancy has been indiscriminate of gender throughout history but it is only now being formally recognized. The British Medical Association’s (BMA’s) advises to use ‘pregnant people’ instead of the stereotype term ‘pregnant woman’. And, although ‘a large majority of people who have been pregnant or have given birth identify as women’, there are intersex men and transmen who get pregnant.
“But this proposal goes beyond gender… encoding people emoji with swollen bellies embraces how people repurpose emojis for entirely new uses. Finally, an emoji to denote that uncomfortable feeling after you ate too much at lunch.
“The point is: this emoji isn’t just about gender. This is about understanding how language is fluid and representation of a person with a swollen belly has value as an emoji expression.”
The creators of the new emojis said that along with offering more inclusive pregnancy options for users, the icons could also be used to reflect a person being full, pregnant with a ‘food baby’ and pregnant women with short hair.
Other additions to the update include a gender-neutral “person with crown” to join the current prince and princess, a “bearded person”, a biting lip, disco ball, beans and bubbles
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