Pembroke Public Library Men’s Bathroom Stocked With Tampons

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If you ever need a tampon, take a trip to the men’s bathroom at the Pembroke Public Library.

That’s because the library stocks the men’s bathroom with tampons and menstrual pads.

NewBostonPost received multiple tips last week that there were tampons and menstrual pads in the men’s bathroom at this public library.

A reporter traveled to the library to confirm the veracity of the claims; it turns out to be true.

Aunt Flow is the company that produces the tampons and menstrual pads used in the Pembroke Public Library. 

“Aunt Flow is committed to ensuring everyone has access to period products,” the company’s web site says.

“Menstrual products are not covered by food stamps or WIC,” it adds. “No one should EVER be forced to choose between food and tampons.”

WIC, which Aunt Flow mentions, is a welfare program called the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children that assists low-income pregnant women, mothers, and children under five years old.

Aunt Flow’s web site also says that the company donates tampons to “menstruators” in need.

“For every 10 tampons or pads sold, we donate 1 to a menstruator in need,” the site says. “With your help, we donated over 1.6 MILLION period products in 2021 alone (and we’re just getting started).”

The site does not say how many tampons it has donated in 2022.

The term “menstruators” is a theoretically gender-neutral term that refers to the menstrual cycle experienced by female human beings during and after puberty. So if a biological woman identifies as another gender, that person would be a menstruator. However, a biological male that identifies as a different gender is not a menstruator. Therefore, a biological female who identifies as a transgender man would be a menstruator, but a biological male who identifies as a transgender woman would not.

State Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) and Jordan Meehan, who served as the Legislative and Policy Manager for the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth from February 2019 to February 2022, are among the Massachusetts politicians who use the term “menstruators,” as NewBostonPost has previously reported. Additionally, Jesse Mermell, a Brookline Democrat who ran for a U.S. House of Representatives seat in the state’s Fourth Congressional District in 2020, has used a similar term:  “people who menstruate.”

Pembroke Public Library director ​Kathleen Benvie could not be reached for comment on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. Nor could a spokesman for Aunt Flow. 

Photos of the menstrual products in the Pembroke Public Library are available below:



Pembroke Public Library

A box of tampons and menstrual pads in the Pembroke Public Library men’s bathroom

A menstrual pad in the Pembroke Public Library men’s bathroom

A menstrual pad in the Pembroke Public Library men’s bathroom

A tampon in the Pembroke Public Library men’s bathroom

A tampon in the Pembroke Public Library men’s bathroom



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