Ashton Kutcher’s Call for Bathroom Equality.

There are quite a few differences between a ladies and a men’s restroom. The first few things that come to mind would be overall cleanliness, urinals, the lack of decorations, and one glaring difference- the lack of a changing table.

Ashton Kutcher’s using his voice to ask the question, Why don’t more mens rooms have a place to change diapers? 

It’s certainly not unheard of for a man to change a diaper. This leaves men with a few choices- lay down a changing pad on a bathroom floor (ICK), go to the car to change the baby (inconvenient), or politely knock on the ladies room and ask to use the table (which many women don’t want). None of these ideas sound really great, huh? In a relationship where there is a female parent she can go to the ladies room and she will be sure to find a changing table. But what about a family with two fathers?

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My physical therapist and I always talk about what her family is up to when I see her, and just last week she told me all about the alienation her father often feels as a “stay at home dad.” He’s said that people look at him like a martyr, like he’s giving up everything for his kids, but in actuality, he’s just being a good parent and a good partner. “He hates having to change our baby in the backseat of the car because no men’s rooms have a place to do it,” she told me.

It’s true that some places have family bathrooms and some even have changing rooms in the mens room, but this is not a very common thing. Kutcher’s got the same question as we all do, “Why don’t we make ALL bathrooms with changing tables?”

 

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3 thoughts on “Ashton Kutcher’s Call for Bathroom Equality.

  1. Rebecca Meyer says:

    Wow, good for Ashton Kutcher! He makes such a good point. It’s so strange to me that there are only changing tables in women’s bathrooms. It’s because the assumption is “women change the babies.” It’s an inaccurate assumption. What about a divorced couple when the father has the child for the weekend? Or a single dad who has custody? Or a gay couple? Or a dad who’s adopted a child? There are so many situations in which men are caregivers, and it’s sexist for the changing tables to be in the women’s bathrooms. Go Ashton, he’s right on!

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    • TerryLynn says:

      Exactly! It’s a very, very outdated and ridiculous assumption. I love that Ashton is using his platform as a high profile celebrity (and a new father!) to really voice his feelings and raise some great questions. Thanks for reading and commenting, Rebecca 🙂

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      • Rebecca Meyer says:

        I love that, too! He’s using his celebrity to voice his concerns about societal issues that should change. I’m so glad he’s doing that. You’re welcome! And thank you for the follow. 🙂

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