Yet another sexual stereotype

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:

… a brown “man’s shoe,” a gender-neutral trainer or sneaker, and three high-heeled women’s shoes. Hutchinson says this absence of a flat women’s shoe emoji is problematic.

Should this proposal be approved by the powers that be, we should see something resembling a ballet flat by this time next year.

In the meantime:

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?


  1. fillyjonk »

    24 October 2017 · 6:32 pm

    I can’t even think of a situation where I would want to use a shoe emoji, so I guess this is another thing people are outraged about that doesn’t even apply to me.

  2. McGehee »

    24 October 2017 · 6:41 pm

  3. McGehee »

    24 October 2017 · 6:43 pm

    The above appears — on my phone at least — to prove that Dustbury is an emoji-free zone.

  4. CGHill »

    24 October 2017 · 7:23 pm

    The WP admin appears to be similarly blank.

  5. McGehee »

    24 October 2017 · 9:26 pm

    Good man.

  6. Holly Hunter »

    25 October 2017 · 12:36 pm

    I agree with FJ, can’t think why someone would use any of these emojis. But I like the sound of #IWearFlats. I can’t think of anything positive to say about a dance professional who would publicly abuse her feet with such a stunt. Bad Role Model.

  7. Chuck Pergiel »

    25 October 2017 · 3:16 pm

    Could it be that women who are independent (rebellious?) enough to wear flats don’t need no steenking emojis?

  8. Holly Hunter »

    25 October 2017 · 3:33 pm

    I’d go along with that.

  9. Tatyana »

    25 October 2017 · 5:56 pm

    Yet another thing people with nothing better to do are imposing on my time…[not you, Ch]

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