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Americans often complain about tech updates that don’t seem to do a darn thing. I updated my phone again on Sunday. Nothing changed. All those notifications for nothing.
Luckily, Unicode Consortium’s newly-released Emoji 14.0 won’t allow anyone to issue such a complaint. This September, Emoji 14.0 will debut emojis representing both a “Pregnant Man” and a “Pregnant Person”.
Here’s a look at the new characters:
MEN 👏 CANNOT 👏 HAVE 👏 BABIES!!! https://t.co/EArsvA4WC8
— Elisha (@ElishaKrauss) July 15, 2021
The word is these new emojis could soon appear on your iPhone as well. Give it time. Despite what Apple says, you don’t need the latest update on Day 1.
You are likely wondering what sparked this earth-shattering update. Were users requesting a pregnant man at a rapid rate? Perhaps, but Emojipedia explains the update was due to new information:
Pregnant Man and Pregnant Person are new, and recognize that pregnancy is possible for some transgender men and non-binary people. These are additions to the existing Pregnant Woman emoji.
Person with Crown is a gender-inclusive alternative to the existing emojis for Princess and Prince.
The above additions will mean that nearly all emojis can have default a gender neutral option, with choice to use a woman or man where relevant. A few exceptions remain, which are being reviewed, as per this Unicode Emoji Subcommittee report from 2020.
Ahh. Got that?
Why stop there? Good news is, they didn’t. The service also welcomed a “Coral” emoji to facilitate conversations about climate change.
Finally. I was really getting sick of discussing climate change without the proper emojis.
To be honest, though, I likely won’t be using the Coral or even the Pregnant Man emojis. Not for political reasons, but because I was recently told I should only use the laughing and thumbs-up emojis. The person said that when I use the other ones, I come across as a loser who tries too hard to fit in. Who wants to be one of those?
So, no Pregnant Person emojis for me. What say you?