We Gotchya spreads around campus

We Gotchya news coverage from St. Joseph News Press Northwest Missouri State University’s coordinator of diversity and inclusion, Gabrielle Fields, tells the St. Joseph News-Press why the We Gotchya feminine product supply program is important: “It alleviates the pressure of trying to stay within the time management that we’re teaching the students,” Fields said, explaining that the nature of periods is sometimes unexpected. Students shouldn’t have to get back in their cars, lose their parking place, just to drive home to get a tampon. “We Gotchya!”

Fields continued, “If there’s a sticker on a door, you can go to that employee and say, ‘Hey, you got me?’ and we say, ‘Yeah, we gotchya!’ ”

Watch the video here.  Video coverage of We Gotchya from the St. Joseph News-Press

cropped-red-splotch-icon.pngIf you need a supply or want to donate a supply, look for the We Gotchya sticker on faculty and staff doors.

We get this…

When we saw this post on LittleThings.com, we could totally relate: A sanitary products machine in a public bathroom that either isn’t stocked or doesn’t work.

Read the entire story for yourself, but in short, this story is about a woman who paid $15 for a box of tampons at the Calgary International Airport. Calgary! We expected more of Canada, which usually seems to put the needs of Canadians front and center.

In this case, Carlee left a note for the next victims. Little did she realize that her note would be read by women around the world, thanks to another bathroom visitor who posted this photo online.

The sign she left in the ladies’ room reminds us of our sharing baskets at Northwest Missouri State University. In both cases, a biological need is overlooked, and women step in to help one another.

The We Gotchya Crew supports an institutional supply of feminine products in public areas, akin to toilet paper.

Period Supply Exchange Basket
Period Supply Exchange Basket in Colden Hall

We believe in alternatives to tampons and other disposables, such as reusable cotton pads and cups. But in public areas, when a woman is menstruating, these disposable products are a must.

Let’s make them available.



Instagram fixes taboo censorship

Have you ever wondered how deeply taboos penetrate our culture?

We learned in 2015 that period taboos were built into Instagram’s censorship protocol, thanks to an art series by Rupi Kaur. The series, “period.”, used images depicting periods in an attempt to redirect the degradation of women.

Instagram removed the photo here, and another related imageg, from its feed, two times, presumably because the images were flagged by users. Eventually, Instagram re-posted the images and apologized to Rupi.

Rupi wrote about the incident in a Facebook post, where she thanked Instagram for proving how deeply rooted period taboos are.  “i will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be okay with a small leak,” she wrote.

The Facebook post has received more than 4,000 comments and more than 18,000 shares, as of the time of this post.

Thank you, Rupi, for helping lessen the taboo!

(More coverage of this incident from HuffPost.)


Relax, we gotchya!

We know how it is.

In Designation area, click “Other” then write in “We Gotchya”.

You wake in a panic. You’re already 2 minutes late for class. You jump into your shoes, rush out of your room, sneak into the classroom. You made it.

But, oh crap, you didn’t bring any tampons and today’s the day.

Don’t freak. We gotchya!

Just go to the bathroom in your building that has a basket with the We Gotchya sign. If you don’t know where it is, just ask around. Good news spreads.

Take what you need today, and bring some replacements when you can. It’s a support system, backed by a bunch of faculty and staff who want you to focus on your studies. After all, that’s why you’re in school.

And if you are faculty or staff, consider making a donation of products or funding. Look for the We Gotchya sticker on office doors — that’s where you can drop off supplies.

Or, donate money here.

Let’s make this system work until there’s a better one in place!

Read about the We Gotchya group in this release from Northwest Missouri State University.



[Photo credit: Original, unedited photo by Basheer Tome.]