Published On: Thu, Feb 7th, 2019

'Tiny penis' symbol to be launched as part of Apple's new emoji list

The new emoji – a hand performing a pinching sign – will be one of 270 new emojis, along with images representing people with disabilities such as hearing aids, wheelchairs, guide dogs and a prosthetic arm. The “pinching hand” symbol has spread world-wide controversy across social media, and users are split on whether they agree with the use of the emoji.

One user wrote: “An emoji that I can use to imply that an Internet stranger has a small penis, 2019 may not be so bad after all.”

Another tweeted: “Looks like we’re finally getting the small penis in 2019.”

However, some users were unimpressed with the new emoji.

One said: “I’m not happy about this I’m really not. Men have had to get their penis’s out in front of other men in toilets since forever causing ‘size comparisons’ issues. Is this acceptable? Would you ladies like a ‘small t**s’, ‘fat f***y’ or ‘no a**e’ emoji? No no no it’s not funny.”

Another wrote: “I suppose we’ll get ‘open legs’ and ‘bend over’ next? Brutal.”

The 2019 annual Emojipedia list is Apple’s 6th emoji update since 2014, and software developers consulted a number of charities to cumulate a more diverse list this year.

Phil Talbot, head of communications at disability equality charity Scope, told the Daily Mail Online: “Love them or hate them – emojis have become part of our everyday digital lives. 

“Social media is hugely influential and it’s great to see these new disability-inclusive emojis. Up to now disability has been greatly under-represented.

“We’d also like to see greater representation of disabled people and disability across all parts of the media and social media.”

A period emoji will also be included, represented by a drop of blood.

The symbol was campaigned by Plan International UK – a girl’s rights charity, who carried a vote in 2017 over how to best represent a woman’s menstrual cycle.

However, voters picked a pair of pants stained with blood which was rejected – so the charity opted for a blood drop instead.

Lucy Russell, head of girls’ rights at the group said: “For years we’ve obsessively silenced and euphemised periods.

“An emoji isn’t going to solve this but it can help change the conversation. Ending the shame around periods begins with talking about it.”

Other new emojis include a yawning face, an ice cube, animals, food and cultural symbols.

The new list will also include a wider range of skin tones and interracial couples.

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