When most people think of the word feminist they think of a very angry butch woman who hates men for no reason. This of course is the wrong definition of what a real feminist is, which often gives feminists in general a bad name among not just men, but women as well. There are real feminists out there though, and believe it or not, some are men. One such feminist is a person named Pad who has been helping women in more than one way for quite some time now. Pad is different and from a very young age has believed that she was born wrong, and in fact shouldn’t be a person, nor is Pad a person. Pad believes that she should have been born a feminine hygiene Pad, and that a pad is what she always has been and will always continue to be. Many people will read this and this and picture the wrong image of who Pad is, when in fact she recognizes that this life is indeed as a person, and in correlation with that has begun to live her life as a female. Pad is legally listed as female and has become the process of transitioning to a woman. This may sound odd to most people that is, until they speak with the person behind the name. Pad has been working to make a difference in the way that people view feminine hygiene as well as the way women view themselves. Pad has also been working on the way members of the LGBT community are viewed and the way they view themselves as well.
Pad has done more than share her views and try to get people to listen, she has taken actions to make change for women and anyone who is within the LGBT community. Months ago Pad created a program that provides feminine hygiene products for women in need. This has helped many women get the products that they need each month at no cost to them. A few months ago she donated about $85 worth of feminine hygiene products to help homeless women near Chicago, another month she donated products to a woman who was seeking employment at the time, as well as donating products to women in his own community. Pad is also involved in getting those in the LGBT community the rights they deserve, and has signed many petitions, one being to request that president Obama outlaw conversion therapy, which has contributed to many suicides, including that of Leelah Alcorn who took her life due to the struggles she faced as a transgender teen as well as the disapproval of her parents and others in her life. Pad is very passionate about the suicide and treatment of Leelah Alcorn, and has stated that it hit home as her childhood was similar to Pad’s own childhood. While Pad herself is a transgender woman, she feels a strong kinship with Leelah and those who are like her. She shows his support for Leelah through many channels, including her YouTube channel.
Pad’s YouTube channel is called “The Pad Diaries” and it showcases video game play videos as well as educational material related to feminine hygiene. Pad shows support for Leelah and those like her in many ways, such as the song for his YouTube channel, “For The Lost and The Brave” is a song by Ray Toro which is dedicated to Leelah Alcorn. Pad’s channel in itself is also dedicated to her memory. Pad’s YouTube channel has become quite a success since its release. It now has 444 subscribers, 155,054 views across all videos and 1,137,567 estimated minutes watched across all videos. According to YouTube the estimated minutes watched adds up to 2 years and 59 days of watch time. The channel has 581 videos in playlists on YouTube, and 223 shares across all videos. These are stunning numbers that have escalated quickly since its conception. Pad is also going to be pairing up with Maker Studios which is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Pad’s other social media accounts also receive a large amount of hits. Pad’s Deviant Art page has 187,226 views, with Pad’s Google+ profile reaching 63,026 views. Pad’s Twitter account has 1,048 tweets all with photos of various feminine products and the YouTube videos from the channel mentioned above. It’s worth noting that Pad has the largest collection of feminine hygiene product pictures on the web. The intent of the photo collection is to show women what the product looks like in the comfort of their own home. Standing in the middle of the feminine hygiene aisle at a store can be rather embarrassing for some women, and can also skew which product they’d like to buy. Pad’s mission is to show women just what they’re getting before they buy, which saves them time and embarrassment while allowing them to make the best choice possible, right in their own homes. The reason having such a collection can be helpful is because not all products look like they do on the box, meaning women often buy a product they wish they hadn’t. Nobody likes to wear an uncomfortable pad. With the help of Pad’s photo collection, women can look at each and every type of pad before they purchase. The photo collection can also help educate women on the history of feminine hygiene and on all the available options.
Pad is perhaps one of the best and most true feminists you’ll ever meet. She deeply cares for women and the LGBT community and wants to help them in any way possible. Many people will read this and won’t understand why what Pad does is so important. What Pad does is important because many women struggle and many women feel that their bodies are something to be ashamed of. Women and those of the LGBT community are often viewed as second class citizens and feel the pressure in which society puts on them and their bodies. Pad is here to fight for women and the LGBT community, but also to support them, help them, and even educate them. Many women, including myself, have learned something from Pad about their bodies, feminine hygiene and more. Pad acts as a voice for those who are often silenced or at least told to be silent. This is especially true for girls just reaching puberty, who are often scared and confused about the ways their bodies are changing. Pad’s photo collection (which are taken by Pad and posted by her as well) and her YouTube channel is a method in which women and girls and anyone who needs it can learn, be empowered and even get help if needed. Pad serves as a teacher and an ally for those who need it. Pad shows that a woman’s body is nothing to be ashamed of, and that feminine hygiene isn’t as gross or disturbing as some make it out to be. Pad also supports members of the LGBT community, and shows that being born with a different sexual preference is no reason to feel bad. In short, Pad is trying to make being a woman or being a member of the LGBT community a bit easier than it was before.
To find out more about Pad you can head over to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Deviant Art, Google Plus, and Steam.
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