Emoji & The Gender Debate 👤

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Paul Hunt is a Silicon Valley insider of sorts: a long-time designer at Adobe. As a young child, he struggled with feeling uncomfortable within the gender binary. Now, as a gay, married man, he continues to feel that he doesn’t quite fit traditional gender norms, and as society’s ideas about gender have been up-ended by shows like Transparent and Ru Paul’s Drag Race, Paul wants to make sure that emoji reflect that societal shift. Paul is fighting to add non-gendered and androgynous emoji options to the current array of gendered police officers, doctors, and more. It’s a tricky debate that combines design and gender norms.

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