Many emojis have recently been integrated into WhatsApp, but do you know the controversy behind the drop of blood?
Many users talk through social networks about different topics, be they very simple in their leisure time or very relevant such as work, but emojis are usually present at all hours, and although the meaning of the vast majority can be seen simply In view, there are others that have a controversial interpretation. This is the case with the drop of blood.
The Drop Of Blood emoji is the image of a simple drop of blood in dark red. It can be used to refer to donating blood, bleeding, injury or menstruation, and it is very likely that it will become one of the most used by women, especially since it represents an alternative to the direct statement that they are in their period and they don’t want to be disturbed.
As it is blood, it can be used as a complement to Halloween emojis, with skulls, costumes or terrifying and spooky decorations.
The incorporation of the emoji as a representation of the rule has a controversial background, dating back to early May 2017, when the NGO Plan International proposed different elements to serve as its symbol. Among the options were a compress, panties or a calendar stained with blood, and also simple drops of blood, but the underwear won with the majority of votes and this was reported to the consortium.
However, despite the wide variety of possibilities, Unicode decided that its representation would be the drop of blood. The news was highly criticized by different groups since the interpretation would be so broad that it could be of anything, from blood donation to a nosebleed, and not necessarily menstruation.
Drop of Blood was recently approved as part of Unicode 12.0 in 2019 and was added to Emoji 12.0 earlier this year, making it available on many platforms now.