Thursday, October 6, 2016

Check Out This Incredibly Mature and Fantastic Young Person

This post apparently got to "viral" status months ago, but I just found it and god damn, people need to hear this.

So I'm in the gym today (getting my life to Truffle Butter on this elliptical ofc) when the girl next to me asks her friend if she has an extra tampon. Realizing that I overheard, she looked up and literally apologized to me, clearly embarrassed af. 
Me being me, I hit ha with the "girl, u gucci" before reaching down into my fanny pack and giving her one of the tampons I keep in there. By the look on her face you would have thought I did a magic trick and pulled 36 titty-tasseled bunny rabbits out that damn bag. 
This is so sad. Why don't y'all love y'all friends that menstruate? Like men will make whole guest rooms in their house just in case someone needs to stay. But god forbid that person menstruate, because I bet you won't be no extra pads or tampons under that guest bathroom sink. 
Like why? Y'all know literally like half this world goes through this? 
Ugh anyway to all my menstruating friends, if y'all need it, know I got it. I keep some in my fanny pack when I go to the gym, and some in my backpack all the time. Never feel embarrassed for asking for one. Never feel embarrassed for being human. 
@everyone who doesn't menstruate: keep your menstruating friends in mind and stop being so shitty.

This is a Facebook post made by Chance Ward, a black individual who has features considered masculine in our society, which probably let to the girls in the story coding Chance as a man. Chance's gender and pronouns are actually in question, so I'll be using the neutral "they."

Anyway, they have an amazing point. I carry a tin of mints around with me in my purse even though I rarely need or want to use them, but it's great because I can offer them to people I know when they ask. Yet it's unheard of for non-menstruating people (love the gender neutral language in their post, too) to ever carry tampons or pads with them. Instead, most cis men consider even the sight or mention of these necessities to be horrifying. It's completely ridiculous.

This is a great ally opportunity for cis men. Carry around tampons and pads for your cis female and non-binary friends. Just keep a couple in your car or briefcase. Maybe casually take them out when rifling through your things in front of your other cis male friends and use their reactions as a teachable moment.

Every day is a good day to fight toxic masculinity!



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