By now, I’m sure most of you know what the Menstruation Proclamation movement (or MPM) is that I started a couple of weeks ago. If you don’t, there are two previous posts on the blog explaining what it is and what I’m doing, go read those and then come back to this.
When I say I didn’t expect this reaction, I mean I never, in a million years, thought this would get the attention it has gotten… and it’s only been two weeks. I think that’s the thing that amazes me the most.
I started with just three mason jars that I bought from the dollar store and a box of tampons and package of pads that were in the trunk of my car. That’s it. I took some scrapbook paper, a coloring book and glue and made signs. It was a Monday night that I placed the first kits in bathrooms on campus, and in the past week, I have added 10 more.
Sometimes I get looks like people are starting to pick up on the fact that I’m the one doing this, and not all of the looks are good. I’m sure this makes some people uncomfortable, which is part of the problem. We still live in a world where menstruation is a reason to be embarrassed or ashamed AND I HATE IT. It’s may not be fun, god knows I’d rather not have to deal with it every month, but it is what it is. Why are we shamed for it? Why do we have to pay so much money for a basic need? Toilet paper doesn’t cost money in public restrooms. If a man had a period, I can guarantee you “manpons” or whatever name we want to give them would not cost $7.00 a box. Women living on the streets and/or surviving on food stamps either a) cannot afford any type of product AT ALL or b) are trading food stamps (did you know you can’t buy tampons or pads with food stamps?) for tampons. They are having to decide between two basic needs and that is something that needs to be addressed. That’s what I’m doing.
So, if you want to help out in any way PLEASE contact me! I now have a public address to collect donations (I will include it below) as well as ways for you to start kits up at your own schools, campuses or even work offices.
Lsat week I was interviewed by the newspaper here at my school, and the article does a great job of explaining the project, so I’ll link that here for you to get more information.
Donations can be dropped off OR shipped to this address:
c/o FBC Murray
203 S. 4th St.
Murray, KY 42071
Thank you all SO much for being in my village. I couldn’t have done this without you. I can’t wait to see what else we accomplish with MPM in the future, we’ve got big things in the works! I will do my best to keep the blog updated with projects and ways to get involved as the happen!
Social Media accounts:
Twitter: @RowlandJordyn AND @MP_Movement
Instagram: @RowlandJordyn AND @thelaneonline
Facebook: Menstruation Proclamation: A Movement