Ashton Kutcher Wants Diaper-Changing Tables In Mens’ Rooms, Which Already Exist
One major way that fatherhood changed Ashton Kutcher? He might be losing his mind. The actor is now campaigning to get diaper-changing stations in mens' restrooms. You know what though? I've seen them. I've changed poopy diapers in the mens' room on those little plastic Koala tables or whatever they called.
Do I remember exactly WHERE these public bathrooms were? No. But I know they exist.
In a March 16 Facebook post, Ashton 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--- and don’t do anything to improve their condition. So lets do something. In for equality? Pass it on – #LeanInTogether."
Earlier that month, the actor (and dad to 5-month-old Wyatt), spoke out against the lack of changing tables in men's restrooms.
"There are NEVER diaper changing stations in mens public restrooms. The first public men's room that I go into that has one gets a free shout out on my FB page! #BeTheChange," he wrote on Facebook.
Apparently, he isn't the only parent to be frustrated by the diaper situation. His first post was shared more than 14,000 times and garnered more than 244,000 likes.
Ashton took action beyond a Facebook post. He started a petition on Change.org to end gender stereotyping in men's bathrooms. In his open letter, the actor writes, "It's 2015, families are diverse, and it is an injustice to assume it’s only a woman's job to handle changing diapers. This assumption is gender stereotyping and companies should be supporting all parents that shop at their stores equally — no matter their gender."
He also makes the point that fathers like himself want to participate in the child-care process, but the lack of changing tables in restrooms makes that difficult. Most public places have what they call "family bathrooms" that are not gender specific. Wal-Mart even has these, so I don't know.
As of today, the petition has more than 75,000 supporters. I think most of those people aren't looking hard enough personally.