Ashton Kutcher Still Fighting For The Option To Wipe His Kid’s Butt In The Men’s Roomâ€
In a fight that should not be a fight, Ashton Kutcher is continuing his campaign to have all men’s restrooms equipped with changing tables as long as the place of business has a changing table in the women’s room too. It’s ridiculous that in 2015 this is even a question — of course dads change diapers too and facilities should be available for them everywhere they are available for women. It’s great that someone with his clout is taking on this cause. It might seem like a trivial thing to crusade for but to a father out alone with his diaper-wearing kid, it is certainly a big deal.
Ashton first posted on Facebook recently about the lack of changing tables in men’s restrooms and it went viral. Considering that reaction, he decided to do more than just rant about it. He set up a Change.org petition aiming to have changing tables accessible at Target and Costco, which is a huge step. From HuffingtonPost:
Sharing the petition on his Facebook page, the actor wrote, “It seems this idea of diaper changing stations has struck a chord. It’s a pet peeve of mine when people just complain about s–t and don’t do anything to improve their condition. So lets do something. In for equality? Pass it on – â€ª#â€ŽLeanInTogether”
The petition quickly gathered steam and is now over 89,000 signatures. Obviously, this has struck a chord. Most dads I know are happy to change their child’s diaper but if a public restroom is not properly equipped, it makes things a lot more difficult. It’s 2015 and dads change diapers too. It’s time that businesses recognized that and made their restrooms accessible for parents of either gender.
As far as Ashton’s motivation? Of course, his new daughter:
“I would like my daughter to experience a world where gender doesn’t dictate one’s responsibility or limit one’s opportunity,” he said, adding, “Having changing tables in men’s rooms is just a tiny step in the process of rectifying legacy gender discrimination. Men who are aware of this bias want to participate equally in the child care process and our society should support that. It’s time to get our hands dirty.”
Right on. I know my own father told me about this being an issue way back in the 1980’s. He worked evenings so he cared for me and my brother all day while my mom worked and he told me how few men’s rooms had tables back then. It’s shocking that this is still a problem over 30 years later and if it takes a celebrity realizing that and taking action, then fine. I’m just glad change is happening in a positive direction to make it easier for dads to pull their weight in parenting .