Period shaming is a real thing! Arkansas mom Belinda Hankins took to Facebook on Sunday, September 11, to share a series of hilarious texts between her and her teenage daughter, who ventured into a local Walmart in search of tampons.
The saga unfolded while Hankins waited in the car at 12:37 a.m.
“THEYRE NOT HERREEEEE,” wrote Isabella, 13, to which Hankins replied, “Yes I promise they are. Look near condoms and sex lube.”
“EVERYTHING IS HERE EXCEPT FOR WHAT I NEED,” Isabella typed.
When Hankins suggested getting an “alternate product,” Isabella informed her “I SEE NONE.”
After several minutes, Isabella reported back with good news. “OH WAIT. They’re here tucked away in a corner unlabeled.”
“No big sign reading 'SUPER PERIOD CENTER?’" Hankins asked.
Isabella responded with a good question: “They labelled the tiny shelf of joint braces but not the massive aisle of stuff for your vagina??????”
“Yes. Because there is NEVER a sign for that section. Vaginas are SECRET,” explained Hankins.
Agreed Isabella: “VAGINAS ARE MYTHS, WHISPERED QUIETLY IN SECRET AMONG ONLY THE BRAVEST OF MEN, COURAGEOUS ENOUGH TO EVEN MENTION THE NAME.”
The epic back-and-forth ended with Isabella using an app to draw her mother a map of Walmart’s “vagina zone.”
Hankins and Isabella’s exchange has been shared more than 56,000 times.
But not everyone was amused. Two days later, Hankins took to Facebook to share that trolls have been criticizing her parenting. “What was a 13 year old doing ALONE in a drugstore after midnight?” she wrote. “NO ONE IS ABDUCTING TEENAGERS FROM THE WALMART DAIRY COOLER. Yes, she went in alone while I waited in the car. She does this ALL THE TIME, and is proficient at it. She even (gasp) uses a debit card! How SOPHISTICATED.”