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Period Warrior Spotlight: THE PAD BOYS!
Nadya Eddy (she/her)
|
9.22.2021

Our absolute period warrior inspirations of the moment: THE PAD BOYS FOR LIFE.

You may have seen their viral TikTok (now at over 800k views) where they made a huge statement on the corner of one of the busiest intersections in Atlanta! Clarence L. Thomas III & Joseph D. Smith wore fake period blood stained white pants in order to raise funds and donate period care to their local school district. Keep reading to peep our interview with this dynamic duo!

Introduce yourselves! Who are the Pad Boys For Life?

Clarence: I am Clarence L. Thomas III. I'm the Co-founder and CEO of PAD BOYS FOR LIFE INTERNATIONAL, LLC and Co-founder and CEO of the Protect Her Project, Inc. our 501(c)(3) organization.

Joseph: My name is Joseph D. Smith I too am the Co-founder and CEO of PAD BOYS FOR LIFE INTERNATIONAL, LLC and Co-founder and CEO of the Protect Her Project, Inc. our 501(c)(3) organization.

Tell us about the day of your event, how did this idea come to life?

Joseph: My partner Clarence is truly the person who inspired me to take action. He’s a single father and was the first to really share with me about periods and the hardships his daughter was experiencing. When I first heard about the complexity of period pain and access to products-- I got mad! So many menstruators carry themselves with such grace I never thought there was this whole other world going on in there.

When I first came up with the idea to wear the period pants, it took a little bit of convincing for Clarence to get on board, but once we both got out there we realized how important and powerful the statement we were making was!

It was so interesting to walk a day in a menstruatiors shoes, and feel the sensation of immediate discomfort after putting on the period pants. What we experienced and lived through in those four and a half hours are very real and ongoing experiences for so many-- it was such an eye-opening experience.

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There were tons of people pulling over to talk to us and take photos. While it started off as mostly people laughing, once they spoke to us they too realized how serious the issue of access to period care is, and how dedicated we are to helping raise awareness!

A challenge that we ran into that we didn’t expect, was trying to bring in more local dads. Seeing as how even some of the people we are close to felt reluctant to join us, we realized that theres was a lot of work to do to destigmatize periods in our community.

Our goal was to go out there and raise awareness about period poverty and also funds to help stock our local high school-- and that's exactly what we did. The TikTok going viral has been amazing for us, on that day we earned $500 in donations but since that TikTok has blown up we have raised of $6000 towards the Protect Her fund!

Click HERE to watch that viral TikTok

Do you have any advice for other dads looking to join the movement?

Joseph: The first step is easy. Sit down with the mensturators in your life and have a heart-to-heart about their period experience. I personally started with an apology to my daughter, I really didn’t understand what they went through on a monthly basis and let them know that I would like to learn more about how I can help them have a more comfortable experience. This isn’t a one time conversation either, keep these talks up and do everything you can to create an open and safe space for period talk in your home.

Clarence: My advice would be to First off have more sensitivity to the menstruators in their circle and to seek to learn more about the cycle and what menstruators go through each month. I would also encourage them to appreciate the fact that they have a menstrual cycle because none of us would be here without it! Lastly I would say if they want to help the menstruators in their circle identify products that have great reviews on providing more comfort. Whether it's our Reign Pads or a different brand what matters is that our women are dry, comfortable, chemical free, and as pain-free as possible.

How was the idea to form the Pad Boys For Life born?

Clarence: Being a single father and my daughter being a teenager and having her cycle I was responsible for helping her to manage her cycle and I started learning about her discomforts in the process. As far as I knew a pad was a pad was a pad. It wasn't until I received a text from the CEO of Reign Premium Sanitary Napkins where I got the revelation that my daughters discomfort was not necessarily normal and that the products I was buying her had toxic chemicals in them. I got some samples from the owner and shared them with my daughter. I will never forget what she told me the first day she used them when I picked her up from school. She said to me, "Dad please don't buy me those other pads that you usually get me from the store because when I use them I feel like I have pee on me during my cycle and these make me feel completely dry and comfortable.". As I sat back catching this new revelation I had a myriad of emotions, from shock to anger to determination. I shared it with my best friend and business partner Joseph Smith and he had the same emotions. I knew that this was something that I had to champion, not only for my daughter, but for menstruators at large.

Eventually Joseph and I came together to form our collective brand, PAD BOYS FOR LIFE and gave birth to the Protect Her Project Inc., our new 501c3 organization, this summer.

How can people connect with and support the pad boys?

Founders- Clarence L. Thomas III & Joseph D. Smith

WEBSITE: padboysforlife.com

SOCIAL MEDIA: @padboysforlife on Instagram, Tiktok, Twitter, Youtube and Facebook!

ACTIVE Donation Drives: https://www.padboysforlife.com/reign-on-mays-hs-cluster-drive https://www.padboysforlife.com/atl-reign-on-period-poverty-drive

Direct Contact: Email: padboys@padboysforlife.com Phone: 470-499-0891

The Pad Boys have also been invited to participate in the Gumball 3000, while taking their mission on the road and giving out free period care on their 3000 mile journey! If you want to help support them in reaching their goal of participating in the rally, buy some of their commemorative merch on their website!

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