A mother from Jacksonville, Florida, captured international attention after she threw a “period party” for her 12-year-old daughter.
“Brooke started her period today,” tweeted 12-year-old Brooke Lee’s 17-year-old cousin, Autumn, on Twitter, sharing photos of a smiling Brooke posing with a cake that reads, “Congrats on your period!”
The unorthodox celebratory photos quickly went viral, provoking a range of responses, ranging from disapproval to enthusiastic support and simple amusement.
“I would have been MORTIFIED!” commented one BuzzFeed News reader. “A party? With close friends? To me, that’s a bit much.”
“If I have a kid, she’ll have her foray into womanhood kept hush hush also and not splattered all over social media!” chimed in another woman.
Another user agreed, adding, “Isn’t anything private anymore?”
Most seem to approve of the move, with many praising the mother for her support.
“I love this,” wrote one Twitter user. “A lot of people scare away from menstruation and don’t give proper information that girls need. She’s got a good team around her.”
Others found the whole thing funny.
“If this ain’t red velvet they doing it wrong,” joked another person.
Brooke’s mother, Shelly, explains she threw the party after her daughter expressed anxiety about menstruation.
“I wanted to make this event a little more fun!” she explained.