Jose Angel Garcia, a 10th-grader in Miami, has a lot of friends who are girls and he obviously listens to them. One of the things he learned is just how often they find themselves in trouble at school when they get an unexpected period and don’t have a pad or tampon handy to deal with it. Of course, this wasn’t something his male friends would talk about, since they just think periods are gross.
Guess what, boys? We think they’re gross, too, because even if you’re really into celebrating the magic of womanhood and all that, it’s a pretty messy celebration.
Jose decided that he could be of help in two areas: One, he wanted to be there for his female friends who were in need of a quick supply of menstruation products, and two, he wanted the boys to stop being so grossed out by the whole thing. So a few months ago, he posted this on Instagram:
TO EVERY BOY THAT FOLLOWS ME AND CALLS HIMSELF A MAN OR SIMPLY A GOOD HUMAN BEING. Petition for all of us to start bringing a couple pads or tampons to school to help our girl friends. If you have a girlfriend or are friends with a girl, u should know that they do not always have tampons or pads on them, or that sometimes their period just hits them without notice and have a bit of a problem finding one. We should support them with this, after all, we don't have to go trough all they they do because of menstruation, so it's just logical that we help them. You should already know to give them your sweater and not question when they wrap it around their waist. So let's step it up a notch and help them out. IF YOU HAVE ANY RESPECT FOR YOUR MOTHER, YOUR GIRLFRIEND, OR JUST WOMEN IN GENERAL I EXPECT FOR YOU TO FOLLOW ME ON THIS. To every girl that follows me. You are completely welcomed to ask me for a pad at any time without receiving a negative response or a dirty look. We should all help each other out like this so you don't have to thank me at all. #realmensupportwomen
When a friend of his reposted it on Twitter, it went viral.
So is it working?
His guy friends are not really that interested, and some of them are even making fun of him. And while his post hasn’t resulted in other guys posting pictures of themselves with pads or tampons, he’s getting wave after wave of support from the girls, all using his hashtag and talking about how nice it is to feel supported.
We all know women go to great lengths to hide their tampons on their way to the bathroom when they’re at work. It’s even harder on teenage girls who are even more embarrassed about it and less likely to know exactly when their periods are coming. So it’s awfully sweet that Jose wants to help.
Have any of the girls asked him for supplies? Doesn’t seem like it, but the effort is still appreciated.
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