Why This Teen Boy Is Asking Male Students to Bring Tampons to School

boy offers pads and tampons to classmatesA teenage boy has taken an unusual but thoughtful stand on behalf of his female classmates and it's one for which he's sure to be hailed as a hero by any lady who's ever been caught unprepared by a visit from Aunt Flo. Jose Garcia launched an Instagram campaign aimed at getting his male peers to start packin' maxi-pads and tampons as a show of support for their girl friends. 

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As expected, he's taken a bit of heat from guys in his class but he's remaining steadfast in his sympathetic stance and we applaud his effort. Imagine a generation of guys who aren't embarrassed to go out and buy tampons and maxi-pads for their wives or girlfriends? I'd like to raise sons like that! 

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

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While admittedly this is an unusual undertaking, we admire his compassion and it's great that he's taking some of the stigma out of the whole concept menstruating. It's not something a guy needs to be freaked out or grossed out by; it's simply a fact of life. 

And any gal who's ever stained her white pants in the middle of third period biology would be eternally grateful for a friend like Jose, that's for sure!

Still, as a mom of boys, I don't know if I'd want my son to morph into a human tampon dispenser. But I would like my fellas -- and all younger generations of men -- stop using phrases like "on the rag" and "riding the cotton pony," and have some respect and a simple understanding for what we go through monthly. 

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As moms, we have a duty to our sons and daughters to help them grow up to be empathetic and compassionate and it sounds like Jose is well on his way to being that kind of adult.

What do you think of Jose Garcia's mission? 

 

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