Twitter users see far more than an iconic Italian hand gesture.
Unicode Consortium, “The World Standard for Text and Emoji,” is rolling out 117 new emojis this year — and some appear to imply quite a bit more than intended.
One new emoji — officially called “pinched fingers” — is likely intended to represent the universal “whaddya talking ’bout” gesture, or the Italian phrase “ma che vuoi,” meaning “finger purse.”
But, of course, some internet inspectors see something quite different: fisting, or the insertion of a full fist into the vagina or anus for sexual gratification.
“Stop. This is not the Italian hand gestures emoji,” sniped one snarky Twitter user. “This is the fisting emoji.”
“Who wants to tell them,” tweeted another one-track-minded user.
“Well the gays have a new fisting emoji…,” added another.
“The straight people are so confused,” one Twit wit chimed in.
“FINALLY! A fisting emoji!” exclaimed Sunny Megatron, who hosts a sex podcast. “Seriously, I’m going to be using this one A LOT!”
This hand gesture alone isn’t all that’s necessary for the actual sexual act, though: Using a lot of lube is vital, sex therapist Ian Kerner told Women’s Health.
“The general technique is start by entering two fingers to the vagina,” Kerner said. “And you want to start feeling comfortable with those fingers.”
It’s still unclear how social media might respond to the euphemistic implications of the emoji. In October, Facebook and Instagram banned the use of the eggplant and peach emojis over their secondary sexual meanings.
Alaska may see the most use of the emoji, however, as fisting was found to be the state’s most popular fetish in a recent survey of Google trends search data by sex-product company Future Method.