Whilst texting back and forth with my friend Jerra the other day she pointed out that all of the iphone emoji icons were pretty sexist.
WHAT THE FLERK, elves that live in my iphone and make icon images!?!?!?!
Why are all the bros doing adventurous, fun, sporty things while the ladies are having facials? The men are policemen, bike riders, coming up with bright ideas, snowboarding and what are the women doing? Getting their hair cut, twin cat dancing(!?!), they are princesses and brides. No fair.
I know, I know, ladies be loving to get their nails did, but is this the message we want to be sending our impressionable young text crazy iphone users? How dare you? (Again I’m speaking to the elves that I can only assume are working in 24 hour shifts to make my phone work) Enough is enough.
You, dear reader, are probably thinking, “Oh, it’s only a phone icon. It doesn’t mean anything. Who is it hurting?” Well, stupid reader, it can hurt our young ladies who only see themselves represented pictorially in text messages as doing self absorbed beauty rituals or stereotypically female things. Frankly, I was surprised there were no icons of women doing dishes and changing diapers. Although there is a woman wearing a veil so clearly getting married is of the utmost importance in this icon universe. When young women only see text message icons of themselves as trying to be beautiful and desired who knows what can happen. Low self-esteem, teen pregnancy, excessive facials? The possibilities are literally endless.
Who amongst us hasn’t at one time or another taken our social cues from a text message icon or emoticon? We need to do, nay, be better for our children and our children’s children. Let’s as a society think a little more when we decide to do something so potentially destructive. What do you think? Do I have a more than valid point or am I maybe slightly blowing this out of proportion?