These New Emojis Show Girls Playing Sports And Boys Getting Pampered

Reversing gender roles one text at a time.

Animation, Animated cartoon, Clip art, Cartoon, Costume accessory, Graphics, Physical fitness, Audio accessory, Costume hat, Official,
(Image credit: Apple)

Back in July, Google promised us more gender-diverse emojis (opens in new tab), after the Unicode Emoji Subcommittee (yes, an actual organization that regulates emojis) agreed to a proposal from Google to expand women's "careers" to something other than just princess, dancing lady, and woman getting a haircut. And now, they've delivered!

Today, Apple released over 100 new emojis in the developer preview of iOS 10. They include women doing things that women do IRL like (gasp!) swim, surf, play basketball, lift weights, run, and mountain bike.

Graphics, Animation, Clip art, Playing sports, Physical fitness, Balance, Bicycles--Equipment and supplies,

(Image credit: Apple)

To keep things fair, they also included men doing things like getting a haircut and a scalp massage.

Cheek, Hairstyle, Chin, Forehead, Style, Animation, Jaw, Costume accessory, Temple, Neck,

(Image credit: Apple)

Because, let's face it, everybody loves a head massage.

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Diana Bruk
Diana Bruk

My writing has regularly appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Salon, VICE, Guernica, The New York Observer, BuzzFeed, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Esquire, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, and many more publications.

I was previously the Senior News Editor at Best Life Online and the Viral Content Editor in the Newsroom of Hearst Digital Media. My portfolio consists of a vast and diverse body of work that includes personal essays, lifestyle articles, breaking news posts, and viral content. My areas of expertise, however, are Russia, sex and relationships, and mental wellness.