Empowerment

A Period Hero, #HimToo & Marine Scholarships FTW

A little positive note never hurt nobody

Are you ready for some positive news? Amongst all the slew of news coming at you from left and right, there has to be some good out there right? Right. And here at Metiza, we have it for you! We have three heart warming, exciting, and happy stories to share with you below.

First, a story close to my Phoenix, AZ and ASU heart, ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law has accepted their first two recipients of the new scholarship program for Marines. The two amazing men are Christopher Sean and Conner Pursell. Upon receiving the scholarship, Sean claimed “Oh my goodness. It was quite the surprise to say the least.” Conner Pursell shared the excitement of receiving his scholarship as well saying, “I was surprised and amazed but very, very happy.”

The scholarship started when Deborah Carstens, whose late husband, Bill, was a lawyer who had served in the Marines, found out that the cost of law school was a huge barrier for veterans and active-duty military personnel. There’s a GI Bill to help them pay for college but the benefits have a cap and are usually only used for an undergraduate degree.

This new program offers four full-ride scholarships for law school, two of them being reserved for those who have served in the Marines and two of which are reserved for veterans of the special operations forces. You can read more about Christopher Sean, Conner Pursell, and this new ASU Law School Scholarship Program in this ASU Now article.

Next up, this guy’s mom made him into a #HimToo political meme and he’s completely rejecting her actions and the hashtag.

The guy’s name is Pieter Hanson and when he stumbled across his own picture of himself in his Navy uniform with the hashtag #HimToo, he was more than a little confused. If you haven’t stumbled across the hashtag, be grateful.

The hashtag #HimToo started circulating loudly around the time of the Brett Kavanaugh hearingsand suggests that “it’s a scary time for men” because there are soooo many false sexual assault allegations coming for them (note sarcasm). I digress.

This, guy’s mom’s post was actually hilariously written and was soon deleted, but thanks to Time Magazine, we know what it said:

“This is MY son. He graduated #1 in boot camp. He was awarded the USO award. He was #1 in A school. He is a gentleman who respects women. He won’t go on solo dates due to the current climate of false sexual accusations by radical feminists with an axe to grind. I VOTE. #HimToo.”

I mean, I laughed. And so did her son! Pieter took to Twitter – under the handle @thatwasmymom (LOL) – to combat the hashtag and share his true feelings. His tweet says:

“That was my Mom. Sometimes the people we love do things that hurt us without realizing it. Let’s turn this around. I respect and #BelieveWomen. I never have and never will support  #HimToo. I’m a proud Navy vet, Cat Dad and Ally. Also, Twitter, your meme game is on point.”

Aww, a cat dad! If you want to see all the amazing memes Twitter came up with, check out Time’s full articleabout this.

Finally, this amazing middle school teacher is making first time period experiences a little better with her super cute period bags. The teacher, Kristin Heavner, wrote in a recent Facebook post:

“Upper elementary and higher teachers (if you are a person uncomfortable with the idea of folks menstruating, you should prob not read ahead, but then really ask yourself why you are uncomfortable with it because seriously, about half the population of the world menstruates…)”

We love a menstruation queen.

She continues: “I have been doing this for a little bit now. I use my old ipsy make up bags and make ‘menstruation care packs’ for my students who start their periods unexpectedly. In middle school this happens A LOT. I put a few pads in the bag and a couple tampons and panty liners, and I also add a few pre-wrapped disposable wipes. The students know that they can come ask, and they get a really pretty bag with their needed supplies inside . It’s discreet and more fun that being handed a giant pad. I make sure to tell them to take as much as they may need for the whole day. I make a point to ask if they need more to take home.”

These are so cute! Where was this when I was in middle school? My middle school memories aside, women are still shamed all the time for having periods, having people excuse our emotions because it’s “shark week” or making sure we discreetly hide our tampons up our sleeves as we slink to the bathroom, even boyfriends who are always saying “ewww” (like dude grow up).

But stigma aside, periods are personal for each person because we all experience periods differently. If you want to be loud and proud about your period, please do, and if you’d like to keep yours discreet, please do. However you want to go about experiencing your own period, do it.

Heavner closed her post saying this:

“These bags came in super handy even in the week that we’ve been in school so far. Sure, the office has pads for students, but once you’ve already figured out that there is an issue, the last thing you want to do is head to the office wait in line, ask for what you need, walk back to the bathroom, etc. I am right across from the bathroom and that makes it much more convenient than having to go all the way to the office.”

I appreciate what she’s doing so much because middle school is already difficult to navigate, so making one thing easier in her students’ lives is a touching and heartfelt gesture.

We hope these stories have brightened up your world for the time being. Come back next week for even more positive news!

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Marisa Pieper is a student at Arizona State University studying Fashion...