People Are Taking Pics With Tampons To End Stigma Associated With Periods
Menstruation has always been one of those things on the list of TMI topics.
But now, ladies are turning to the Internet to change the taboo associated with tampon talk.
If you've been paying attention to Twitter this week, you may have noticed tampon selfies are suddenly taking social media by storm as women and men are uploading pro-period pics using the hashtag #JustATampon.
Well, it turns out this tampocalypse is actually a charity campaign created by the children's organization Plan and news site V.Point. The goal is to increase awareness of menstruation and raise money for menstrual health work in underprivileged countries.
Across the world, reportedly 88 percent of girls and women do not have access to sanitary products, and that often causes health problems and social issues such as bullying and absence from school.
According to Plan UK,
Donations will help tackle discrimination faced by girls globally, not just around menstrual hygiene but other issues they face including child marriage and female genital mutilation. Around the world, millions of girls face discrimination just for being girls. One way this manifests itself is through poor access to quality menstrual health and hygiene.
Take a look at the tweets below, and check out the Just A Tampon campaign to see how you can get in on the Aunt Flo action.
Tampons selfies are taking over Twitter...
Don't panic it's #justatampon @PlanUK pic.twitter.com/tLfE7HerGm — Carol Smillie (@carolsmillie1) June 8, 2015
As more and more people join the #JustATampon campaign...
#JustATampon Text TAMPON to donate £3 to @PlanUK which will pay for a woman's sanitation in Uganda for a year. pic.twitter.com/3CNcAAly0o — JEN in a JAR (@Jeninajar) June 8, 2015
...to end the stigma associated with periods.
Chill out, guys. It's #JustATampon http://t.co/66Dpp8tmlI pic.twitter.com/C7zfI3nR8Y — Marie Claire (@marieclaireuk) June 10, 2015
Plan and V.Point teamed up to create this hashtag campaign...
I don't need tampons any more but others do. Support #justatampon -break taboos - and...more info coming up pic.twitter.com/WDW8aS4lkg — Jenny Eclair (@jennyeclair) June 8, 2015
...to get people talking about menstruation and raise money for girls and women who lack access to menstrual health and sanitary products around the world.
#JustATampon selfie. Even the Boris bikes are happy to transport tampons :) pic.twitter.com/UviNUYOuuU — Josephine (@JosephinePhipps) June 8, 2015
According to Plan, just one donation can provide a girl in Uganda with enough sanitary towels for an entire year.
Let's get this straight men, it's #JustATampon let's break the stigma attached today. (via @PlanUK) pic.twitter.com/PfNoxJICBN — Darren Gallagher (@DarrenGallagher) June 8, 2015
Justice Tampon to the rescue!
Oh... #JustATampon I thought you said Justice Tampon. @PlanUK pic.twitter.com/xWgC3iKQaL — Hannah Ballou (@hannahfballou) June 8, 2015
All sorts of women and men are getting in on the cause...
Supporting @PlanUK #JustATampon campaign. Breaking the stigma around tampons with my beard. pic.twitter.com/gFOTTLmEXo — David Tapp (@David_Tapp) June 8, 2015
...including comedians and newscasters.
#Justatampon support the effort to stop taxing a female necessity :Text Tampon to 70007 to donate £3 to @planUK pic.twitter.com/Q52zgd2BKe — Jon Snow (@jonsnowC4) June 8, 2015
Today's Twitter forecast is cloudy with a chance of flow.
Watch me doing a different weather forecast than usual today... https://t.co/sRIQUR5b6i #JustATampon — Nazaneen Ghaffar (@SkyNewsNaz) June 8, 2015