Hi everybody! I’m Maya Foxall, the Instagram Director for PERIOD and a summer intern! And, yes, I am just as excited as I seem in the first sentences of this blog post. So let’s start!
Why do you care about periods?
When I was younger, I was very uneducated about periods and felt stigmatized and embarrassed every time I brought up the topic of periods. I care about periods because I care about the menstruators that have them. Their experiences, like my experiences, have been stigmatized for far too long. I want change and I know so many people around me want that as well.
When was the moment you realized you were interested in becoming a part of the menstrual movement?
Funny story. Mainly because the co-founder, Nadya Okamoto doesn’t even know about it. I was watching a video by my favorite YouTuber (HelloKaty) a couple years ago and she was a L'Oréal Paris partner. At the time, they were holding their Women of Worth campaign and she mentioned Nadya throughout the video. Let me just say, I was crying a bit. Ok, maybe a little more than a bit, sue me. Although I had clicked on the video because I followed Katy’s channel, I finished watching the video inspired by Nadya’s story and the movement. I had never considered a homeless menstruator’s perspective and it was startling to hear what many are forced to resort to without the access of menstrual products. Continuing on with my story, a week or two after watching that video I saw something on the Instagram explore page about PERIOD and then I applied to start a chapter at my university. It has been one of the best decisions I have ever made and has given me a new perspective and an amazing movement to support.
What do you hope to accomplish during your time working with PERIOD, The Menstrual Movement?
Over the next few months I am looking forward to growing the movement on all social media as well as on our online platforms, including our blog! We have so many opportunities with social media to get the word out around the world and I look forward to being a part of that. If there is anything I have learned in the past few months of working with PERIOD on the social media team, it is that there is no goal we set for ourselves that we can’t accomplish. Whether it be reaching 10,000 followers on Instagram or already setting our sights for new audiences and platforms, I believe there is nothing that this incredibly driven group of people can’t do. By the end of the summer, I hope that we are closer to ending the stigma against periods and have allowed more voices to be heard within this amazing community. I also hope that our list of goals is twice as long and our list of accomplishments is five times as long after the next few months.