When one college student overheard a girl in need of a tampon at the gym, they knew they could help out.
In one badass Facebook post, Chance Ward, a student at California's Occidental College and a community specialist at Occidental College Center for Gender Equity, explained how sad it is to see women embarrassed about their periods.
The post begins with an example from the gym. According to Ward, a girl asked her friend for a tampon. When she realized Ward overheard her, the girl apologized out of embarrassment. But to her surprise, Ward pulled out a tampon from a fanny pack and handed it to the girl.
"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," Ward writes. "This is so sad. Why don't y'all love y'all friends that menstruate?"
And it's true — period shaming has been an ongoing problem in today's society: Late last year, Indian women fought back against a temple that wanted a scanner to detect menstruation with the campaign #HappyToBleed. And just this January, another student shut down period shamers with an epic social media rant to prove she is not ashamed of her cycle.
Now, Ward's post has gone viral — with nearly 8,000 likes and 2,000 shares, the Facebook community has clearly rallied behind his message.
"Y'all know literally like half this world goes through this?" Ward continues.
"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."
Posts like these help promote acceptance when it comes to a women's body — because no woman should be ashamed of something so natural, and everyone should be reminded of that.
On Friday, Ward added this important follow-up to his original post, reminding people that "there are people and organizations that pour the entirety of their livelihoods into this very same cause:"
So let's get #MenstruationCelebration trending, no?