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What does 🩸 mean?

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Depicting a droplet of blood, the drop of blood emoji can represent all things blood-related, including bleeding from injury, blood tests and donations, and menstruation.

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Examples of 🩸

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Examples of 🩸
[Define "family"] Sometimes unnecessarily blood related. 🩸 People who love, connect and cherish without condition with no threat of abandonment. 🖤
@chest_carpet, February, 2019
Now that 🩸 #menstruation emoji is here after a long push means we have one more reason to cheer about and have more conversations around #periods. / #MenstruationMatters #SubtleViews ...
@Aandhikola, February, 2019
Unicode / Plan International UK / NPR
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Where does 🩸 come from?

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Unicode / Plan International UK / NPR

In many countries and cultures around the world, menstruation—getting your period—is shamed. To help reduce this stigma, the children’s rights nonprofit Plan International UK advocated for what they called a #periodemoji in 2017–19.

They started a petition, asking supporters to vote for their favorite design for a period emoji. A design showing underwear with a blood droplet won, but wasn’t accepted by the Unicode Consortium, which approves and standardizes emoji.

So, Plan International UK came up with a plan B. They partnered with the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) Blood and Transplant services to develop a drop of blood emoji instead. That way, the emoji could be broader, representing menstruation, blood transfers, and other blood-related topics.

Unicode approved this proposal, which was added under Emoji 12.0 in 2019. The drop of blood emoji shows a red drop of blood, like a red water drop. On unsupported platforms, the emoji displays as an empty box.

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While feeling it is a step forward, some think the drop of blood emoji is still insufficient for representing menstruation.

Who uses 🩸?

The drop of blood emoji can be used for various content concerning blood, including bleeding from an injury, blood tests and donations, menstruation, and heath and medicine more generally.

Other blood-related applications for the drop of blood emoji include gore in horror and metaphorical senses of blood, as in blood on one’s hands.

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