In the midst of the transgender debate, Big Tech came along and made it even more complicated than ever before. In its most recent software update, Apple has added a new emoji depicting a pregnant man.
A pregnant woman’s stomach is depicted in the symbol. Additional emojis include the “pregnant person,” depicting someone who is pregnant but appears to be neither male nor female apart from the obvious tell.
The new emojis were added in iOS 15.4, the most recent version of the mobile operating system. A beta version of the update with these changes was made available in January, but they were only recently made available to the general public as part of the regular update. In the most recent versions of iOS, the emojis can be found on iPhones, iPads, iPods, Apple Watches, and any other iOS device.
With this update, Apple has now entered the raging debate over transgender issues. Recent debate has focused on whether biological men who identify as women can compete in women’s sporting events, such as the case of Lia Thomas, the biologically male University of Pennsylvania swimmer who swam the 500-yard freestyle event at this month’s NCAA Championship. Following “Emojipedia’s” controversial inclusion of the “pregnant-man” and “pregnant-person” symbols in its official directory last year, Apple has now followed suit. The reasons for Apple’s decision and whether or not there was internal debate at the company prior to it were not addressed by the company in response to a National Review inquiry.
Science does not agree with Apple’s decision to include this feature. For a variety of reasons, men are unable to become pregnant. A child cannot be born to them because they lack the reproductive organs required for conception. Those who are female can do so. Using the term “pregnant person,” which refers to women who reject the binary gender identities of male and female, is a ridiculous term. These permanent characteristics, regardless of one’s identity, cannot be changed. Apple is a company that prides itself on scientific advancement. Apple’s lack of knowledge on this one cultural issue is a disservice to the company.