A college student named Chance Ward has gone viral after posting this status to their Facebook on Tuesday. Chance posted about being at the gym when a girl was embarrassed for being overheard asking for a tampon. Despite being someone who doesn't menstruate, Chance was prepared.
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.
Period-havers and non-period-havers alike praised Chance publicly for acknowledging that menstruation is normal and not shameful. They showed their admiration via Facebook comments on Chance's page.
Alexis Morse Omg I love this. This is the whole reason we're (Planned Parenthood club) is doing the Menstruation Celebration this week
Chance Ward HAPPY BELATED BLEEDING
(literally put that on a t shirt)
Person of the year
One of my friends shared this and I just had to comment here...I don't know you but I love you!
This post literally brought tears to my eyes you are absolutely awesome hun
You make me so proud!
you are a fucking gift to this world
this is the world i wanna live in!!
Chance responded to all of the attention after their initial post was shared thousands of times:
The past few days have been one big heap of what-in-the-actual-hell-is-happening, but I still feel it's important for me to reflect on what may or may not become a big "thing" before it does.
While I am getting a lot of attention for doing something (that everyone else should be doing anyway), recognize that there are people and organizations that pour the entirety of their livelihoods into this very same cause. So while it's amusing and all in good jest, when you stipulate that not all heroes wear capes, and start photoshopping my pictures to show Man-pon cartoons, remember who the real heroes are. And for those of you ranting and raving about my post but were literally just shitting all over Planned Parenthood a few months ago.... #BLOCKT
Lastly, please do NOT draw my or anyone else's attention towards media that consumes me in problematic ways. And definitely please don't tag me comments that deliberately spit upon my name/identity. Doing the community organizing and social justice work that I do is emotionally taxing enough. Getting physical notifications every time someone calls me a feminazi, fag, or whatever else fits their fancy is the furthest thing from what I need to keep on doing me.
Peace n Blessinz ya'll
It is safe to say that people like Chance are as rare as a "36 titty-tasseled bunny rabbit." Although Chance is not fond of the "not all heroes wear capes" cliche, it would seem that some do wear fanny packs.