Posted by: travislipscomb132 | March 16, 2016

Emoji Girls

A company called Always Asked is starting to raise awareness of the backlash of today’s societal sexism. No matter how discrete it may seem the United States still appears to be a sexist nation, and it’s having a large effect on our teens. But it’s time for that to stop. So companies like this one are beginning a campaign called ALWAYS #LIKEAGIRL.

Teenage girls send millions of emoji symbols everyday, but do they represent them? For starters they’re are no girls in the professions emoji sections, expect if you count the wife standing behind what appears to be a business man. Girls, and guys alike, love emojis. However there just isn’t enough emojis to represent what females can do. One girl was asked why this is happening and she said, “That’s just how things are.” Which to me is so sad. If there are no depictions of girls being lawyers, doctors, rock climbers, surfers, or bikers then how are young women going to know they are capable of doing these things. We talked in class about representation and miss representation, and if you were skeptical about it before here is prove.

Girl emojis seem to be limited to girls in pink getting their hair cut or nails done. Is that what society thinks girls are limited to? Always wants to show the world that women are unstoppable, and so should the images that represent them. So if you are on social media hashtag #Likeagirlemoji and let the world know what image represents you!

Travis Lipscomb

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Responses

  1. Travis, it is so funny, I shared an article with Dr. Shollen a couple weeks ago that was addressing this lack of professional women represented in emojis. We got racially diverse emojis in 2015, but how long will we get gender equality when it comes to emojis?

    http://mic.com/articles/130758/hey-unicode-it-s-about-damn-time-we-had-some-emojis-for-professional-women?utm_source=policymicFB&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.LWjy6Y66E

  2. To me, this represents the type of bias in our society that is now, not even intentional, but is overt. The type that has been around for so long that now it is “normal” and it goes under the radar. This is the dangerous type, because like the second generation gender bias, it’s hard to pinpoint, but is still fairly influential. I never noticed the lack of women in the emojis before this clip. Any many people may not notice, but it is still influencing them subconsciously. Awareness is so powerful, and clips like this bring attention to it, and hopefully just like the racially diverse emojis that we achieved, we will soon have equal gender emojis.

  3. I’m really glad you brought up this emoji controversy up. Personally, I wasn’t aware of it at all. There have been times when I myself have wanted to send an emoji of a business woman to my friends when I am leaving to go on an interview, but haven’t been able to. It’s a little discouraging honestly. It makes me really upset when I hear things like “that’s just how things are” because it reminds me of how far citizens have detached themselves from the current gender inequality issue. People speak of it as if nothing can change and it will continue the way it is. That is bologna!

    In order for the next generation of females to feel empowered I think they need to be able to see female role models in every occupation as well as see women in the media portrayed as strong and equal to men. A start is to make the representation scales balanced. Thus, what the company Always Asked is doing with their #LikeAGirl campaign is valuable. Even if just at local levels, this company is getting out awareness of today’s societal sexism issue and that is the first step to making a difference. That is true leadership.

  4. This is so relevant! I loved watching this video because it was so real. I have never once thought about the fact that women are excluded from emojis with sports and professions, “unless you count being a bride a profession.” Unlike Dr. Shollen, I do not usually see life through a gender bias perspective, unless it is very obvious gender discrimination. But this video helps me to see and remind myself just how gender-biased our society is. I agree with Ryan and Abby in saying that it’s 2015, we finally got racially diverse emojis, when are we going to get emojis including women?

  5. I LOVE this campaign! I can’t remember if I put their other video #fightlikeagirl here or for another class but it has the same theme of trying to get society to stop thinking that women and girls are unable to do things as well as a boy/man. In the #fightlikeagirl video the director asked how girls run, fight, etc. and all the young adults (men and women) depicted a girls run as dainty and slow, they depicted a girl fighting with their arms up, bent, and slapping the air lightly. When they asked young girls between the age of probably 7-11 the girls ran fast and punched and kicked the air with force. It showed that at a certain age (right around puberty) girls see how society tells them how to act and how they should present themselves. The goal is to stop that from happening as girls grow up. In comparison to our readings, I compare this as the turning point (at least in the are range of young girls up to young women) to the feeling of fraudulence. It was discussed that women felt like frauds in certain positions because they felt they did not meet the standards set and were somehow going to be “found out”. I think that for young girls who are consistently shown they must be dainty and not strong they start to feel like frauds for wanting to do things like taekwondo or any masculine sport. The more our society works to make girls feel comfortable doing things they like to do, the more women we will have later in positions of leadership without them feeling fraudulent or being criticized for personal and irrelevant things such as their hair or dress.

  6. I went to watch a YouTube video the other day and this campaign played as the ad. It had me hooked and rather than press the skip button after 15 seconds I watch the entire video. I too had never realized that the sports and professional emojis are limited to men. I agree this is not a good image to plant in young peoples minds as smart pones are now being used by younger generations. Girls should feel comfortable to do what ever they want and wear any color than pink. This campaign shows that someone is taking the next step to fix the problem. Why are there 50 fruit and vegetable emojis but not a female business women or a female police officer? People love social media and people love emojis so I can’s wait to see what comes from this and what the next cycle of new emojis will include.


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