Jose Garcia is a 15-year-old high school student who has become somewhat of a hero for his female schoolmates. He posted a photo to Instagram encouraging his male classmates to support their female peers by bringing feminine pads and tampons to school should they be caught in need. He also wanted to make the point that we shouldn’t be embarrassed to discuss the natural process of menstruation that women face. Now, he’s having his 15 minutes of fame, according to Metro. It all started with his late-March Instagram post showing him holding two wrapped menstrual pads, with his message and the hashtag #realmensupportwomen, which went viral. On his Instagram account, which has over 19,000 likes, he posted the following in support of women and respecting women, and males helping them out during their period.
“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 [sic] 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”
Originally from Havana, Cuba, he moved to Miami three years ago. His cause in helping women during that time of month came from his seeing females he knew in need who had accidents involving staining because they were unprepared during their period. Although women have generally been supportive, some guys have given him flak because of his message. Although he may not be able to make large-scale change, he is trying to help where he can. He said the following, according to the Daily Dot.
“Most of my guy friends have just been kidding with me and teasing me for the attention that I’m getting from girls. But guys in general are just calling me names or assuming that I’m homosexual… behind my back. [I], in fact, consider myself a feminist. I believe that there should be equality for everyone regardless of their sex, gender, skin color, race, religion, etc. so it would be nice to use this attention for something positive. I realize I can’t help solve any of the big issues right now regarding women and/or men (rape, discrimination, slut shaming, unrealistic body standards, objectivism). Maybe with this hashtag I could help with other minor things.”
Although Jose may not be able to solve the world’s problems, he does seem to care about helping others. Another young person who tries to help others is Katelyn Payne, who was diagnosed with alopecia at the tender age of two. By the time she was nine, she had lost all of her hair. She lost her hair but wears wigs that resemble her favorite singers’ hair. She tries to show other people in the same situation that they should continue on and make the best of the situation, according to the Inquisitr.