Women, we’ve all been there: you’re at work, at the gym, at school, etc. when you get your period. You check the purse to find you are out of whatever you use for that time of the month. You start to get tense, you ask a friend if she’s got something. No dice. What to do? Well, if you anywhere near Chance Ward, you need not panic. He keeps tampons and pads with him at all times. Yes, you read that right; HE carries supplies in a pack with him.
Who is this incredibly enlightened male? Chance Ward works at Occidental College Center for Gender Equity in Los Angeles as a Community Specialist. This background probably helps him understand gender issues better than the average person, but one needn’t have such a background to understand the humanity of Ward’s actions and words.
Last week, Chance posted the following on his Facebook page:
At the gym, he heard a girl ask her friend for a tampon. Having a man overhear her apparently embarrassed the girl, who apologized to Chance. No reason to. Chance reached into his trusty fanny pack and produced a tampon. The reaction?
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.
Most of us would react the same way. A man who carries tampons around with him? I surely have never seen the like. But Chance wants everyone to know that “people who menstruate” need some help sometimes. So maybe make things easier for them. “Half the world goes through this,” he notes.
Chance’s post went viral. Women from all over the world commented on the post, most of them expressing their love for Chance Ward. If he were to run for Man of the Year, he’d have a lot of votes from people who menstruate. Men, too, have commented and echoed the call for being prepared and not skittish about the subject.
A few celebrities have shared this. Nicki Minaj called him, “da realist.” George Takei shared it. Cosmopolitan magazine ran the post and story. It’s worth sharing. Social media helped spread the story. Chance Ward shared the Cosmo story, saying:
Your voice matters. Now use it to yell, my children. YELL THE SONGS OF YOUR PEOPLE
Your voice does matter. Every time someone like Chance Ward shares an experience like this, it matters. Every time someone helps another human being, it matters. There is a haiku by poet Matsuo Basho, “The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.” Be that temple bell. Chance Ward is a temple bell and he rang out loud and clear.
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