The canonical "this is the small penis emoji" article, I would say.
More on the pinching hand being used to show small male genitals.
The counter-argument to the pinching hand being an effective response to unsolicited dick pics is that body shaming is never okay, regardless of context. IMO the roomy vagina comparison would hold more weight if men were harassed online as frequently as women.
Architectural Digest coming in with the furniture angle on Emoji 12.0. "I wanted it to be the most generally recognized visual of a chair as possible" said Emojipedia designer Joshua Jones (aka Florida).
Emoji remains a large part of mobile marketing in 2019.
Did you see the tweet with the emoji explainer last week? John Kelly digs into the descriptions, and how exactly the Bathtub was listed as a way to say "coffin".
The genius of this marketing effort from Queensland Australia is that breakfast television loves to overlook the fact that these are only decorations around a regular license plate. It's funnier to just assume you could have emojis instead of letters.
As much as I make fun of the lengths people go to finding the "emoji angle" for various publications, there is a core truth to emojis reflecting a human reality in their own way.
It seems inevitable we are going to see a large increase in emojis in court cases. In the past, if I told you something and then made a face it would be hard to examine in court years later.
Emojis allow this same level of ambiguity and complexity but they are documented along with the written word. Not only have I been called as an expert witness on emoji interpretation in recent years, there's also the cryptic (non-facial) emoji sequences which have also stumped police that have come to me ("does this string of emojis mean anything??") when investigating a potential threat.
"If we really want girls to be less embarrassed about their periods then we should be less embarrassed about representing what a period looks like. Sanitising the truth builds stigma, it doesn’t destroy it." says Lana Hirschowitz.
This article echoes a number of similar sentiments about the so-called period emoji.
Some of the articles along these lines seem to be frustrated that THE period emoji doesn't specifically indicate a period or menstruation. If this emoji were a period emoji, that would be a very good point.
I'm not quite sure if it's a deliberate choice to ignore that the emoji itself is only a drop of blood (which can be used for menstruation, but also blood donation, or anything else blood can represent) or if Plan International did a sufficient job of branding it the "period emoji" (as that was their original intention, and first proposal to Unicode) that those writing about it took "period emoji" as the official name and thus this angle.
I'm too far removed from this to know. Will the Auto Rickshaw emoji really be used as a playful way to mean 'no' in India?
In London the equivalent is taxi drivers not wanting to go south of the river (Thames), but I'm not sure a black cab emoji would obviously convey 'no'.
I can't tell if this is a satirical take on the whole "what does X mean about our society" style of article, but if it is, it's excellent. Apparently the yawning face emoji might be a reflection on Americans being more tired.
Honestly, the new falafel emoji was one of the harder emojis to create our sample image for. Interested to see how it looks on other platforms later this year.
One of the better reports on this so-called "anti LGBT" emoji. The challenge is mostly early reporting that implied this was a problem for Apple or Unicode to tackle (to "ban" these characters from being entered in sequence). The real place for action to be taken is the social platforms. If people are combining Unicode characters to make a rainbow flag with a 🚫 over the top and then spamming it in Twitter replies or Instagram comments, that is harassment and should be dealt with by the social platform.
The food angle on Emoji 12.0.
A popular request, but also a bit of 'first world problems'.
New skin tones aren't likely to ever be added, with five in place potentially too many already. So if this request were handled, it would almost certainly be done in the same way as redheads: a new hair character that can apply to any emoji, but at least at first it would only be for a very few (person/woman/man for instance).