I do what I can to avoid them these days, but while I may not be interested in emoji, emoji are apparently interested in me:
There’s an implicit gender bias lurking in your emoji keyboard which you might not have even noticed.
There are currently three women’s shoe emoji, but all three of them have high heels. One Silicon Valley-based woman wants to change this. Independent arts publicist Floriane Hutchinson launched the #IWearFlats campaign to add a women’s flat shoe emoji to our keyboards. Her proposal [pdf] is currently up for discussion at the Unicode Consortium Emoji Subcommittee.
There are, in fact, five shoe emoji:
Should this proposal be approved by the powers that be, we should see something resembling a ballet flat by this time next year.
A retired professional ballroom dancer in Tennessee set a world record by running an entire marathon in high heels.
Irene Sewell shared photos of herself following the Guinness World Record-breaking performance as she managed to complete the 26.2-mile race in the high-heeled shoes.
“Well world, I DID IT. I’m still in shock, but it really happened,” she wrote this week. “I ran a marathon today in high heels and set a Guinness World Record with two minutes to spare!”
Want to guess which shoe emoji she used?