Prisons that withhold menstrual pads humiliate women and violate basic rights

The author of the article discusses her experience as a former prisoner regarding the limited access to female menstrual products. She claims that menstruation is used as a punishment for female prisoners, as period reminds the prisoners of their helplessness degraded self-worth.

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Everyone laughed when Piper Chapman emerged from the shower during the first season of Orange Is the New Black with bootleg shoes made of maxi pads – and inmates do sometimes waste precious resources like sanitary products with off-label uses. At York Correctional Institution in Niantic, Connecticut, where I spent more than six years, I used the tampons as scouring pads – certainly not as sponges, because prison tampons are essentially waterproof– when I needed to clean a stubborn mess in my cell. Read more...